dreamed in verses ~

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dreamed in verse

last night
I dreamed in verses
pages as my skin
and you
an ancient desk
upon the porch
looking out on summer
where every breath is slowed –
lines were caught
and whispered
to the dark

. . .

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worried anew ~

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fireflies

there’s something here
more than life –
or the mourning of beats
strum
strum
strum
from the depths of becoming
a devil –
a saint
worried anew
o’er things we have lost
tho tied not a fret
to the things we have not
–  ways we let go
or the path walked upon
forgotten the promise
made long ago
prayers rarely granted
by those without sin
to those without measure
for where love
begins

. . .

the leaving edge of always ~

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justtoday

morning shakes my courage
as evening wears me down
tho scarce the times
allowed my heart concede
to something I was chasing
living just beyond
the leaving edge of always –
sanctity I need

when broken I am nestled
into arms resolved to heal
a faraway
where strangers passed before –
a ghostly understanding
bears the echo of a sigh
sheets still warm
with telling –
as am I

. . .

Photo: One Sunday; Beech Grove, Tennessee 2018

one more birth to fall ~

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dreaming

heaven pulls the
mountain –
from his fragile wedding bed
anchored by the river –
to her song
breezes grieve the lesson
dragonflies to score
this sacred place
remembered to
our soul

one more verse
to cover me –
one more birth to fall
as waters move
around me in the cold
quietly – a soft amen
rustles from the trees
brittle leaves
to dance atop
the foam

let indeed
the shadows tempt
with mysteries uncertain –
swirls beyond
this wake of mortal care
magic lies
in wilderness
bound by fragile thorns
journey on –
and I shall find you
there

. . .

leave me to dreaming ~

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stealmeaway

save me your words
the rest of your story
breathe me
to breath
steady and slow
the taste
of a poem –
verses made mention
rhyme i’d forgotten
to tell you
i know
leave me
to dreaming
slipped between pages
inkstained impressions
passed into
life
grace me the ending
one more everafter
breath of your breath –
the psalm
of your soul

. . .

clay somewhere in georgia ~

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missingyou

my aging skin
is the color of maps
of clay
somewhere in georgia
used to be
sometimes –
i remember that way
the fresh scent of clover
the perfume
of hay
places my skin
was touched by another
kissed by lips
the sun
to discover
nothing but whispers
as a breath on my shoulder
the etching of maps
to trace you
back home

. . .

only this ~

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rememberthis

did I carry you
a sigh upon my lips
across ten thousand winters
to remember
only this

another time
an endless sky
stars we knew by name
leaving us to wonder
why we loved –
why we came

for every life
are moments cleft –
paths we walked upon
denying death the evermore
where memory is gone

did I carry you
a sigh upon my lips

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horizon ~

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almosthomenow

frame this horizon
with all I have witnessed
crowd to the corner
where heart meets to soul
bear me the weight
no more than a memory
of destiny traded
to a dream long ago

laundry and laces
cracked oatmeal glasses
parts given way
as collections laid bare
black and white stories
are telling without us
faded a photo
of a photo somewhere

who is that boy
at the edge of the smiling
where now his reasons
though lost once before
held by a longing
bigger than pardon
when left his horizon
my own to restore

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