What was it? 

I meant to ask you…
something…
Long ago.
In a dream.
In a fit of hope.
But the morning rain
washed it away.
The breeze drank it
from my bones.
A letter I forgot to send?
An idea that came
in the stillness of night
and then lost at first light?
No, it was a color, but
I couldn’t recall the name.
Something exotic.
No, it was a song, but
I couldn’t remember the words
so we made them up
as we went along,
and now I can’t remember
the lyrics we sang
better than the original.
Sprinkle sprinkle on the car,
wipe the window and let’s go…
Far?
To the stars?
Damn it…

(dtn)

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Thirst

Step
up
down
back
aside
forward
time and
time again
that time again
one more time
one for all
and all for one
just one
of those days
day in
and day out
out of wits today
wit’s end
start again
what’s my name again
can we go back
to the beginning
one step at a time
ticking away
one more time

(dtn)

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Not one is like the other

There are cages
and then there are
the spaces between,
horizons and a jawline
waiting to devour the sun,
blossoms and misplaced hope,
thunder and thunderous applause,
clarity and a curveless road,
grace and empty theaters.
There are mornings
and then there are
mornings like these
when your smiles are
all I could ever ask for
and so much more.

(dtn)

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Off to the races

There’s sanctity
in routine, familiarity
with the predictability
of the conductor’s
announcements,
but that doesn’t make
Monday morning
any more bearable,
just a little more
manageable.

(dtn)

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All joking aside

Wanna hear a joke?

Me too.

Don’t worry. I’ll wait.

(dtn)

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What matters

The ones we overlook
The ones we wait on
The ones we can’t undo
The ones we can’t do
The ones we can’t see
The ones we can’t unsee
The ones we fought for
The ones we fought over
The ones we fought against
The ones we love
The ones we
++can’t help but love
The ones we can’t
++bring ourselves to love
The ones we say we’ll get to
The ones we forgot we meant
The ones we meant to forget
The ones we still sing
The ones we still sing, badly
The ones we try to sing,
++not as badly as yesterday
The ones we haven’t heard yet
The ones we will need
The ones we needed but lost
The ones we lost
++but didn’t realize we needed
++until it was too late anyway
The ones we have
++but don’t realize we need
++and probably never will
The ones we …

(dtn)

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Melodies in static

There’s a push and pull
in this give and take,
a journey sacrificed
for this distance,
a frequency close enough
to be comfortable,
melodies in the static,
color in every drop of rain;
they were mountains
before boulders,
the sea before tears,
night from day
from night from
day in and day out.
We live only for
uncontrollable smiles and
the inconceivable reasons
that bring them to the light,
no lullabies for rivers,
no indefinable contemplations
in unsettled darkness,
just you
and you
and you
and me.

(dtn)

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