Aug 2017 · 228
hidden spring
Mason Aug 2017
relax the sun is good and see it
come in through the window but
there is another source hidden and
secret is the heat that rises
from your chest and enters mine
and breaks down the walls of
the city inside and heals
all the broken
Mar 2017 · 1.0k
Cherry Blossoms
Mason Mar 2017
yesterday with you in
March, the cherry
blossoms - please
don't miss the little
flowers in your
search for a more
giving thing because
sweet darling love,
there is none. only
the children know
this, but I think
we are all children
after the rain.
Dec 2016 · 3.5k
Waking up with Redhead
Mason Dec 2016
Green eyes.
Green, yellowish in
the center.
Sunflowers in
the center, and
white skin and
freckles and
everything else is
red

Old myths dying under
the new sun
rising, spilling over
grassy fields dotted
with poppies

The day is unspoiled.
Mary
Nov 2016 · 752
Ephemeral
Mason Nov 2016
One fleeting glance
(I, in the dirt
and you, levitating)
And there, for a moment,
I basked!

In your ceaseless blaze.
Your "Light of Love,"
(as the idiots
have termed it)

Just a passing look
(in November, glossed-over)
is enough, even to say
"You are undeserving"
which is true.

So another man bathes
in your celestial beam
(which is the dawn and the twilight
and the hot, red, glow of volcanic burst
before the ash
comes down)

And he twirls and sings
and dances with joy:
"Oh, the Light of Love!
the Light of Love!
The neverending
Light of Love!"
Nov 2016 · 983
The Western Azalea
Mason Nov 2016
The blooming of the Western
Azalea is
emergence into womanhood!
The inevitable burst of  
color from bud, that
once released-
cannot endure the contrast,
cannot linger in the
putrid air
between us- a film
covers her pink blush.
Everything returns
to a uniform grey.
Sep 2016 · 505
Late September
Mason Sep 2016
It is late September
which means
Summer is dead or dying.
And this confirms the rule-
(there is no god- and always
a final descent).
But living is to thirst
for an exception.
This is Love's promise:
that its brilliance will shield it
from its fate.
It is the same promise
that Summer made.
Aug 2016 · 839
momentary
Mason Aug 2016
It is not enough
to have known her.
(She was near the ocean).
It is not enough to hold
in the mind each pattern
on each petal
(a Summer flower).
To love is to believe
that Summer persists!
But this is not the order
of living-
She is momentary,
like all things.
Jul 2016 · 598
Wolves
Mason Jul 2016
This is the loudest the music goes
I have nothing left to drink
still, all around me are the wolves-
circling...
get on with it!
you devoured all
the beautiful things
already.
May 2016 · 632
A person dying
Mason May 2016
A body lies in the dirt,
and the vermin circle it
until the flesh submits,
and then it is no longer a man.
He no longer thinks
of the girl on the train
or his mother's sadness.
The rebellion has ended.
He is only earth now,
rotting.
May 2016 · 924
from before dawn into a day
Mason May 2016
Strange creatures pace
under a fading half-moon
and some people get dressed
get ready to go to work
or school or the cemetery
and on their way in the car
looking east- the terrible Sun!
If only you could delay its
entrance, if you could postpone
the turning of your world
around it...no. We all claw
desperately at something,
half-formed and fleeting,
just out of reach
Apr 2016 · 718
It is April's doing
Mason Apr 2016
It is your doing, April.
Your clarity pulls me
to the fields
where grass is wet-
my eyes fix on
pulsing of color in flowers
blooming.
It is April's doing.
Apr 2016 · 687
blue streaks
Mason Apr 2016
I want to hitchhike down
those highways

(the long streaks of color
in your eyes)

past your thoughts and into
our garden
Mar 2016 · 1.0k
Descent of Flower Petals
Mason Mar 2016
Free now from your books, you
walk the path behind the halls
where a bird completes her
pirouette
and descends onto a branch
shaking its flowers. Petals
are released!
and float down in
increments-
Lowering, degree by
degree in a swaying motion
against the gentle pushing-back
of spring air

They land in a pond.
Mar 2016 · 932
With Night Sky
Mason Mar 2016
With night sky
there is usually
a moon there.
Usually.
But not always.
A pale surface
beaten into—
An expression,
as if saying,
"I am tired.
I have seen too much."
Feb 2016 · 1.3k
Don't chip the paint
Mason Feb 2016
So potent was the resemblance,
so rich the imitation,
of meadows of wandering green,
with some red (tulips)
breaking through.

But careful not to chip the paint.
You drunkenly mistook the vivid
for the real. It was not real.
Here is the origin
of your sadness.
Dec 2015 · 822
Frame by Frame
Mason Dec 2015
You were once enchanted by
the atmosphere we created.

Like emerging from childhood,
the world filling in. Frame by frame.
Into something more miraculous
than you thought possible.

So we laughed at a brittle winter.
The sharp tree branches not to be feared
but to be loved for their nakedness.
Last Winter.
Mason Nov 2015
There's a song
that forces my memory back
to a train in Chicago.
I watched through the window
the trees passing.

Two days.
The warmth of your body
and the warmth of the fire
indiscernibly bound.
Embraced as we were.
Woven as our hearts were
in the Winter, just west
of Chicago.

The two of us, suspended,
stunned but not questioning,
our ability to feel
the absolute brilliance of things.
Mason Sep 2015
We all swing back and forth.
Half the time there is darkness
which we get lost in.
Sleep:
where we again meet the people
who at some point made our hearts bleed.
And again,
they do that.
This time in darkness, but still with the color.
Strange dreams
Jun 2015 · 983
Turning
Mason Jun 2015
The dawn breaks because the world turns.
I see that the Sun exists.
Which it also did yesterday.
Sarah; moving on
Jun 2015 · 893
Recollection
Mason Jun 2015
When I remember
pressing my face against your neck
and tucking it under your hair
and kissing your ear,
it's the smell that overwhelms me.

In memory, it's more like a color.
A brand new color.
A more beautiful color.
In delicate hues it comes and goes as I breathe.
I breathe deeply to try to capture it.

But I can't steal the rawest of your beauty.
Although I may, for a moment, remember the joy it gave me.
Sarah
Nov 2014 · 7.5k
Light
Mason Nov 2014
I want to ride the streams,
the canopies, of light.
like a curious passenger
on a speeding motorcar
down the runway from everywhere   
to your eyes
Mason Oct 2014
Sometimes
when you're sleeping and I can't
sleep,
my mind races.
There are things you don't know
about me.

My hand
on your shoulder and traveling
down.
You notice
and turn around and smile
at me.

It's your
half-asleep, eyes-closed smile, those
red
red lips that
will keep me forever
silent.
Oct 2014 · 390
Sweet
Mason Oct 2014
There are some nights when
the music is a little
sweeter than the wine
A haiku. This was accidentally deleted.
Sep 2014 · 3.0k
blue, sitting
Mason Sep 2014
Blue, and sitting.
The harmonica sounds
like my mother.
I need my guitar
to get me out of here.
The world is strange.
I'm afraid.
The harmonica sounds
like my mother
crying because she's telling
the truth,
that she's afraid.
That the world is strange.
That only my guitar
can get me out of here.
inspired by The Old Guitarist, Picasso
Aug 2014 · 736
Into the Cold
Mason Aug 2014
Before I go into the cold I want to walk with you through the memories and kiss and drink and dance with you there and point at the stars which are really the lingering sparks that flew in my so many moments with you of anger and love and we’ll be sad but we’ll be happy and we’ll be laughing and we’ll leave when it’s time to leave because those moments happen only once and we'll know that and that's why they're beautiful but we’ll know we saw them and that they lit up the sky and we’ll be brave and we’ll be ready when we go into the cold.
Aug 2014 · 2.9k
Speak
Mason Aug 2014
Speak to me
Don't write to me
Don't write to me with those foreign, lifeless
periods that keep your words from dancing
like they used to
when you used to
Speak to me.
Aug 2014 · 617
The Female Hand (Questions)
Mason Aug 2014
What is the difference between love
and a physical sensation?
Between happiness and satisfaction?
Where do they all intersect?
Why are they so different
but so easily confused?
Will someone draw me
a diagram?
Aug 2014 · 1.5k
The Owl
Mason Aug 2014
I see God.
On a distant hillside.
Perched in a tree.
Feeding her young.

She is no great beast.
But she sees everything.
Aug 2014 · 1.8k
Spirals
Mason Aug 2014
the wind picks up the
leaves and they dance in little
spirals and when it slows they
fall like the end of a
puppet show
Jul 2014 · 780
rough draft
Mason Jul 2014
he looked
as if he wished
to edit my life

as if he thought
it was merely
a *rough draft
Jul 2014 · 7.1k
Control
Mason Jul 2014
When you find yourself
wrapped in loneliness
or violently suspended
by a rogue desire,

uncloak yourself.
fight free.
you are always
in control.
Jul 2014 · 791
Acid Rain
Mason Jul 2014
Where I go,
the rain will follow.
The forever dampness.
The acid sorrow.
Jul 2014 · 1.9k
Waves
Mason Jul 2014
I’d like to follow you  
down the path to the stream
where you like to watch the water
make smooth waves in your reflection.
Jul 2014 · 969
Variety
Mason Jul 2014
It's amazing, the Variety
of feeling in that which
we consider lifeless.

Like how the moon pulls
at the sea, sometimes in anger
and other times in peace.

You are in some ways the same
and in other ways different.
You have the Variety of a landscape
but the steady warmth of a beating heart.
Jul 2014 · 1.1k
Dancing
Mason Jul 2014
Your eyes are the music
Your words are the lyrics
Your body is the rhythm
Jun 2014 · 305
Untitled
Mason Jun 2014
Show me a gap in the trees
where they don't stand
so menacing
on the border

So I can see you
gaze from your window
for something
in the distance.

So I can sit on
my porch and wonder
what your big blue eyes
are searching for.
May 2014 · 6.7k
Where I Buried the Key
Mason May 2014
The key to the lock
to the door to the room
with the chest that encases
your heart

is buried just off
the Nā Pali Coast
in the sands of the
Pacific.
May 2014 · 534
untitled (10w)
Mason May 2014
Stop reading this.
You belong with the young and beautiful.
May 2014 · 1.6k
Candle Wax
Mason May 2014
Your words
don't billow or burst or charge or spill
from your lips

They drip
slow and burning and heavy with color
like candle wax.
Apr 2014 · 2.9k
ironic
Mason Apr 2014
Hello
I am the rock that was thrown at your window
waking you from your dreams
of the boy who threw me
Apr 2014 · 877
Portrait
Mason Apr 2014
Your face

is the portrait

I would paint

if I was blessed

with the gift

of artistry.
Apr 2014 · 1.1k
Facial Ethnography
Mason Apr 2014
I celebrate the culture of your face
because your face has a culture
with its very own traditions
like when your upper lip
covers your lower lip
when you're upset
Apr 2014 · 13.0k
Unique
Mason Apr 2014
Regardless of what the future holds, I know
that no feat of mathematical precision
no combination of zeroes and ones
no mechanical tool, no algorithm
can replicate your face.
In the rise and fall of your eyelids
and the pursing of your lips
there is a lawless radiance.
Apr 2014 · 712
Properties of a Poem
Mason Apr 2014
I am a poem
Always naked.
Clothe me, and I disappear.
Institutionalize me,
and I become a paragraph.
inspired by bob dylan

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