Distant

Dreaming away

As I lie down by the lake,

In front of the city lights

When the breeze is blowing

And the heart is calm

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ML

Sickly Romantic (But Only Before Bed)

I thought I’d never remember

The shade of blue in her eyes,

But her face came to me smiling

In the memories I thought

I had left behind.

Tomorrow morning

I won’t remember you anymore,

But the morning sky

Will leave me sad

And wondering what the hell

I have been missing

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ML

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I’m always out of ideas for titles. I usually solve the problem by picking a line from the poem, but sometimes I’ll just read it again and think “okay, what will I think about myself/that time when I read this again next month/year? …Ah, I’ll probably think THIS. Okay, that’s a smart title. Or maybe not. Anyway…”

I may change it later. We will see. Off to bed now!

Numb

The dark circles under my eyes tell the stories

Of my dreams —

Awake in the abyss of not feeling anything,

Inspired by the lack of sleep…

I have been looking for

Poetry lines in the numbness within me

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ML

Why The Sun Sets Early

Walking home under the light of a dying sun,

Thinking about why

I always feel lonely before dawn.

Ask me if I’d like to go with you

So that I can say no

Even though we both know I mean maybe

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You have no idea how early

The sun sets around here

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Walking home under the light of a dying sun,

My shadow on the concrete stands in front of me

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ML

Towers

For the love, I’d fallen on
In the swampy august dawn
What a mischief you would bring, young darling.
When the onus is not all your own
When you’re up for it before you’ve grown

From the faun forever gone
In the towers of your honeycomb
I’d a tore your hair out just to climb back, darling
When you’re filling out your only form
Can you tell that it’s just ceremon’
Now you’ve added up to what you’re from

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Far Away

Two loud children throw rocks at the birds.

Cars come and go,

But I stay here looking at the world.

I hear laughter; I hear the sound

Of a tiny life falling from the sky to the ground

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The innocent can be brutal sometimes

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Frozen eyes can’t travel. I can’t destroy this distance,

But my heart dreams of you in a rainy country

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ML

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Almost a year has passed.

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my neglected fish tank

NOT MERELY WORDS

Sometimes we wake from a dream and realize we’ve been dreaming some part of that dream over and over again. This morning I woke from a dream with the knowledge that I had dreamed about the same fish tank many times in the past.

The fish tank, covered by some kind of sheet, had been neglected by me for such a long time that no fish could possibly be alive. So I left it alone and continued to ignore it.

Eventually I decided to remove the cover, though I really did not want to. But I did. To my surprise, most of the fish were alive, some were sick, and some were dead, including two fancy goldfish.

I decided to rededicate myself to the care of my fish. I started by removing the dead ones with a net.

What part of me have I given up on? What part must…

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