isolate 4

our huddled loneliness of years past
income fixed
far below the surface
of want

we had one another
and even then

love moved
like science after death
synchronous

exact

we were for us what no one
knew or could
see

electricity of being caught
living this way
otherwise isolate
left 4 lost

then came masquerading in wax
taxing the spirit fallen
away

the heart of ink we smudged
tore in diverse ways
apart

barbed wire knifed
squeezed like cash
touched to fire

pinned on the arm
to fade

soft fall

the grapefruit ice you stir

upon the delta breeze
while summer lost

the spark

calm down you need not

rush

the leaves to turn and

softly fall upon the crossing

walk

time to sit and talk

all the cell phones gone and what a world

would be. what a world

 

once

was and how we got along you

fingered my blouse i cried to think so

soon you would be

gone

plut.o

i turned up the aisle with counterbalance of grocery baskets and indecision about toothpaste brands. i put my baskets down as you pushed a plush pluto into my hands which i figured you grabbed off a shelf. you told me you won it for me and pointed at those impossible machines, glass containers full of toys and mechanical claws. i was incredulous. and it was true! gosh dang – i i love you.

kill it with truth

the ring you gave me years ago when

we were still in love

disappeared

i lost it. i did not know i had

in the lot adjacent to the autoparts store

touch up paint spilled so i scrubbed

my hands with pumice

oh

how we died. i cannot stand the memory the

fallout years ago

we could no more kill

it with kindness only

truth

fall soft

the grapefruit ice you drink upon the delta breeze

with summer lost its spark

calm down. you need not rush

the leaves to turn and

softly fall upon the crossing

walk

time to sit and talk

all the cell phones gone and what a world

would be. what a world once

was and how we got along you

fingered my blouse i cried to think so

soon you would be

gone