We rose up in the sky that night and you
were the breeze leading me home.
You said “Take my hand and we’ll tuck this memory
into a little place in your heart forever”
And you were the red in my lips
and the smoke rising from the flame
You were the stars shooting across the sky
I was lost for you to find
And now I’m yours and you are mine Two tiny hands, a pair of eyes An unsung melody is mine for safekeeping And I will guard it with my life I’d hang the moon for it to shine on her sleeping Starting here and starting now I can feel the heart of how Everything changes
Sugar, butter, flour
Sometimes I still see her My mother the dreamer She’d say, “Nothing’s impossible child”
A dream needs believing
To taste like the real thing Like some stranger you recognize
So pure, so electric
So sure, so connected To those little believers inside May we all be so lucky
“No reason to lie when you can shock them with the truth. It’s more interesting anyway,” you said.
Lentils, cooked or not, are still lentils. They just smell different. I squeezed them tightly in palm of my hand.
“Anthony, why’d you give me cooked lentils? That’s so weird. Why are you so weird?” He always loved lentils. The red kind, not the green.
“Anthony. Darling. Let’s walk up this hill and catch the last sunset together. It’ll be worth it. I’ll buy you a home by the sea, just like you wanted.”
You asked me why.
“Because that’s what people do when they love each other, Anthony. That’s what we do.”
For the unforgettable – Ecuadorian flute bearing – MJ.
Slice me open like a renegade You runaway black star
Kiss me quick like a snake
Let your poison dangle over my heavy bones
Tickle me slowly with your feathery gaze Hunt my flesh
Make me hunger for your bloodthirsty Kill
Seething love through my vertebrae Shaking rain make me thunder
For your whole
I’ll take any excuse to love you
So explain to me that the sky isn’t blue
That this pain I’m feeling isn’t real
Tell me that people don’t really have two hands Tell me we’ll live forever
even though I know someday we all have to go
I’ll take any excuse to love you
Any excuse to believe that this might somehow work Tell me that when you paused
when I asked if you thought we’d be together always
That you really meant yes
Covered spaces, cracks in the pavement
The way our smiles lit up dusk like twilight
Love me forever
If only for this moment in time
Light up my life my heart like fireworks
Blanket my soul
We didn’t notice the dandelion seeds blowing in
endless roads, distance, causeways for miles and miles
We’ll take these trails hand in hand forever
didn’t notice the foxtails in the distance,
flowers got in the way
sun setting over highway 94
your voice still an echo fading,
you know i’m driving all the way to chicago,
i don’t know if i’m ever coming back home.
i remember the way you used to look at me
you didn’t know i longed for you the same.
melt my heart into your pillow
don’t you know your smile shoots
darts like sunbeams?
i know the days we walked in darkness
were numbered, so numbered
if these streets could talk they’d tell you
that i still remember
sand dollars, that one day
and i wanted you so badly
i wanted so badly for you to be the one.
salt and snow gravel grind beneath your shadow smile
miles and miles,
left behind the train tracks skidding with the pebbles dancing off the rails as we race on by.
Don’t you know we’re going to Alaska?
you say laughing, throwing your hat into the air
for a moment all i see is your joy
and in that moment i know that nothing else matters
wrap my heart in embers
encase my chest in cloth wrap it stop it from breaking
or at least hold its shattered pieces together
wrap it in steel so I can’t feel the quaking
roaring rivers running through canyons
filled with lions
cool it with breezes, funnel in light
hold me so hard that it stops hurting
hold me hard and plant flowers in my emptiness
I want to watch them bloom in the springtime
remind me that everything dies but that there is new life