sip tea from dainty china cups
imprinting lavish coloured stains around the rim
the footprint of painted lips
a kiss thankful for the sweet taste
remain crystallized for the next sipper
add spice to substantiate mediocrity
garnering attention by
waving my hands around
and sitting on your lap
making a spectacle of myself
insinuating that you are not
paying me undivided heed
wanting to be your addiction
so that you might
not an annoying creature
to dissuade you from your
a reachable unreachable
the kind that makes your heart
race faster faster faster
needing me like crimson water
once perhaps, but no longer
I just need you
to immerse yourself in me
to lay the stones in front of my feet
so that I might know where to step
wrapped like tinted goggles
woven into my hair
and I cling to you dramatically
without your help
I’d just sit here blind
and die without even knowing it
Tend delicately to your castle garden
where feathers grow like rare flowers
out of peppered breaths.
When I looked at you
I saw baby flames torrenting
down your hardened cheeks,
where once there were tears.
I guess you shaped your armor well.
We both knew you needed it.
Has it changed you?
Do your feet still shuffle dusty across the path?
I’ll still be here waiting for you,
whatever you decide.
My eyes longing to be seen by yours.
My skin shaped for your hug.
My fingers impatient to intertwine-
to weave in all of you.
Don’t leave me waiting too long.
When was it that your
sweet disposition gave way
leaves us deafened;
Prisoners of trepidation.
Fused to the soul.
Untangle this havoc.
to soothe heartache and
Where experience might coalesce
with the physical body.
the movement makers.
Nerves foiling in her belly.
She warms her muscles
on the dark cement.
Listening to a foreign tune of
casted movement she will never learn.
A hushed moment-
a pause, a breath. And then
Hands clapping, the relief of five
as they move away from the light.
And the curtain closes.
The time ticked away,
she is given her go.
24 minutes to be truthful
She is herself, unhindered.
Impossible to hide,
for this one fleeting moment.
The muted curtain revealing,
as familiar music echos in her head.
The arrival of lights.
Whether she is ready or not,
she makes poetry with her body.
Are you alone my dear, my dear?
Are you facing your fears? I see you over there
Perched painfully against
the edge of your willowing nest.
Your toes pinching its pillowy remnants
in a desperate attempt to
That will not save you,
Why not just
lay your eyes down,
See that below lies
A flower bed-
all safety and comfort.
Do you not like how they smell now?
Once you let go
gently, into their glorious petals.
You will inhale
and find that their once fearful odor
caresses the skin of your delicate nose.
Brings a humming to the pores
now singing in unison.
Can’t you see, my dear?
The danger is not in your imminent fall
in your crumbling nest.
All the love
I might have given you.
Should that I could give it to you now.
Unfair, so unfavourable this circumstance.
Yet unfair is not important.
I don’t care.
I only care that the love which I can no longer give you
Which you deserve, and should have
So hopeless is my desperation
I give to another.
Not because what I feel for you has lessened
It only grows stronger
The only way I can honour
What we had.
What you were to me
No one and nothing can replace
You are my inspiration
For the air I choose to breathe
Into my aching lungs
Sorrowing from missing you.
The love that I give without remorse
I give because I think of you
All that you should have had and more.
For what you gave me
I did not realize until now
Was more than I ever could have hoped for.
I think that we are absolute.
Falling together, we are chilled and fused together, in this-
the furious confusion.
We descend in haste, fingertips grasping and frantic.
Our plight is assured, decided. Though not by us.
We know not where we will land-
only that we will land together.
In spite of their desires.
Despite the howling, the wild hindrances,
the hurried esteem, the interference of circumstance.
Cradle me from my fear and insecurities, my love.
So that I might stare them down,
knock them off their presumptuous pedestals.
For here on this rapid hailstorm, there is only room for you and me.
With tears frozen solid against our burning cheeks.
I like it a lot better this way.