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your words, warm
my blood and the atoms in
my DNA, shatter
me as you lay your pious hands
upon me, gaze
passing through like fire
over water, lies
ever so still and apathetic
through it i meander, sleep
patient to possess the senses
while i crawl inside myself, and weep
slowly and elementally because
you cannot, love
me the way i need you to
this aching

     strikes so abruptly
     trapping me inside
     a cavernous cold

     nurtures so tenderly
     i forget i exist
     apart        from you

you tremble
with lust
and loneliness
as i fumble
for your hand
nonetheless
and wonder
how much longer
before i fade away
before you erase me
watching you bend
              the time
      and space
between us
but not to bring us

closer

together

my vision blurs
staring at the expanse
                                               from the edge of it
and yet, i remain
where you place me
withering
but grounded
like a tree in autumn
in case there comes
a season
when you might want
to rest
in my shade
Why do I exist?
But for the promiscuous chaos
Of stardust pirouettes
And tumbling atoms
Their attraction fathomable
Through the gravity
That weighs heavy
On my heart

For whom do I exist?
But she who crumbles me
Within her palm
Into fine powder
And blows me
From her fingertips
As I evanesce
Into air

For what do I exist?
But to seek the infinite
Because the finite
Is crushing
Emptiness
Where I sit alone
Waiting for an end
To being alone
footsteps echo
through the high ceilings
of stony chambers
in my mind
their rhythmic paces
like a metronome
in perpetual motion
anticipating
impatiently
a revelation

but the cacophony
of thoughts settle
into dust
and the flames
inside my chest
subside
before
the realization
that nothing is new
in this life
Take me to a place
Where clocks tick backward in time
And rust settles on churning gears
Where we fall out of synthetic love
And into sober delirium

Take me to a place
Where we trot upon petrified clouds
And reach up to a boiling sea
Where daisies bloom from lying mouths
And we bury the living amidst laughter

Take me to a place
Where everything visible is unknowable
And nothing simple is clear
Where we are birthed into extinction
And die just for somewhere to belong
In the first light
I part the sleepy haze
Searching for you
Even though
You’re long gone
Not even your scent
Lingers
Calling your name
And only hearing
The echo
Of my own voice

In the last light
I massage my limbs
Which ache from another day
Of climbing
But never quite reaching
The peak
To see from a distance
Where you have hidden
So I retreat again
Into the hollow
Of sleep
Years later
With every record played
And every page turned
When fine strands
Of silver hair
Drape limply
Over her shoulders
And the thin lines
Carved on her face
Remind her
Of all the moments
She has laughed
And languished
As she sits in her chair
Of faded green
And her thoughts gather
In a pile of dust
In the corner
Still, she waits
And finally she hears
A knock on the door
And turns the ****
With bated breath
Heart leaping
Then heart falling
Expecting someone
But finding no one
Standing before her
Years later
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