Windows to the Soul: Selected Poems (5)

May 27, 2020

Pair

 

He has nightmares with his eyes open.

You always try

to shake him awake 

to convince him the monsters are

just shadows, 

and the growls are in his head. 

 

But the shadows are those of love lost, 

and the growls 

are your getaway car roaring 

to life. 

 

 

Hourglass – We all saw it coming

 

It’s tragic. How you faded to sand

right there in my arms. 

 

I let you run between my fingers and watch

as you trickle down to earth. 

 

 

Spa Day

 

I pampered myself today. 

I took a bath alone, with rose petals - 

fallen soldiers that went to war to die. 

 

“he loves me; he loves me not” 

and other cliches. 

 

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I pampered myself today. 

I took a hot shower 

(for as long as I could in good conscience - 

what with the planet dying and all)

and covered my body in lotions and potions. 

I used a sugar scrub to exfoliate. 

I tried this new shampoo. And when I 

stepped out of the shower, 

little bits and pieces of you 

were sprinkled all over my tile. 

 

 

The one with the tattoos

 

I want your name

tattooed on me 

 

but not because of any

implications of

forever or 

ownership. 

 

I want your name

tattooed on me 

in the way that 

people get birds 

or flowers tattooed 

 

I want your name 

tattooed on me 

in the way that 

people can just get 

small, silly, tattoos 

without even 

thinking about it 

a reminder 

to be true to myself

and love freely. 

 

I want your name

tattooed on me

in the way that 

people get Chinese

characters tattooed 

on their backs 

something I do not 

understand 

but will pretend 

to the bitter end 

that I do 

because I want 

so badly to. 

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