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XPY Oct 2023
We built our house at the base of the mountain.
When the tremors began, we ignored them.
When fire and ash rained from the sky
we covered our heads but did not run.
We knew in our hearts: this is how it ends.
When they come in a hundred years
they will see green grass and purple blossoms.
They will know nothing of the pain
save for the hollows of our bodies.
I think I started this in 2019? and just wrote the last two lines today.
XPY Sep 2021
Tattoos are scars
we choose to keep--
words we want to carry,
memories we fear losing;
ink and needle are
the self-inflicted stinging:
the pain we choose to feel.
art on our bodies--
out of our minds--
I have my father's name tattooed on my wrist not because I forgive him, but because I have forgiven myself and I choose to carry that with me.
XPY Mar 2021
Why is saying goodbye
so easy
when every word
every syllable
every sound
of "hello"
was so
I feel like this moving on should not be as easy as it is.
© XPY 12032021
XPY Mar 2020
If someone asked me
how I would describe
I would tell them this:

is stepping outside in spring.
It is the welcoming
embrace of sun.

is lying in a field of grass.
It is the rustle of leaves
in the summer breeze.

is standing in the light rain,
and the sweet birdsong
when the sky opens up.

is the feeling when your hands brush;
her lips on yours, breathing the same air.
It is the fire in two hearts that beat together.
© X. P. Y. 2020
XPY Jan 2020
I feel the feather-light touches
Of imaginary fingers
As they creep across my shoulders.
I pretend that the pressure
Across my chest is the security
Of your arms holding me.
But really, it is the constricting
Bind of loneliness
Gripping me tightly.
© X. P. Y. 2020
XPY Dec 2019
I clung to you like a lifeline-
A floating buoy in a violent sea
But when I let go of you
Into the deep, deep
I found that I had gills—
And I could breathe.
XPY 12-8-19
XPY Dec 2019
We were magical;
Like shooting stars
Caught between clouds.
XPY 12-7-19
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