Baptism

Baptism

One foot before the other As if testing tepid water A tentative engagement Lost in the rising steam Anchored to experience Of times spent far away Flailing amidst the undertow The water stronger than love More insistent than memory More potent than apathy And hot like eternal fire Testing petulant souls Who leap in like … Continue reading

The Big Empty

The Big Empty

We sleep in separate beds Though the nights are bitter cold Attached to memories better discarded Than running rampant in my mind These covers pushed aside As penance for my transgressions A shivering and aching in my bones On sheets dirty with your sweat But you’re no longer here Though your ghost lingers near Touching … Continue reading

Steam

Steam

Lies tumbling from your lips Like a cascading waterfall Casually intrusive Preternaturally intimate These fractured words Limping to the finished line As if the race was already lost The foot soldiers all gone home But I’m still here standing In the place we used to meet Before tight shadows closed in Blocking out our collective … Continue reading

Adjacent

Adjacent

At the beginning there was love An expansion of a shared idiosyncrasy That defined them without infringing A blending of differences into one Spoken in a common language Broken by collective intent Because love is never enough In the shifting sands of time Emotion clouding everything else Like a painting under blacklight As murky as … Continue reading