lines by the water

her stars align.

fortuitously.

each line

 

*

discrete

has something like

blood    stone

torn       limb

skin        prick

 

a flesh wound that actually

hurts

 

kick-starts her

heart     some part

of herself            half

known

 

 

*

so she was

here      her syllables

clues missed

 

by the meticulous

casuals                  in blue

 

on the sand-flecked

floor for instance              her

back room

at the end of a long

hall         for instance        the

 

sun-tipped straw              o the wide

round of days days          long

sky         the riverbed

 

grey       a face

in water               her dress

weighed

by stones            that had lain

 

among the bric-a-brac

of the bank         sand

& flowers

 

she lay in the hollow

pool of shallows where

spectres bowed

 

disfigured            eyes wide

saw the line that

divides this world

from another

 

*

I need to be high like

this         at her feet. beneath

her skirt               I fell

on purpose         tried

all night to see

nothing but her white

 

stars head high &

the blue light of an ambulance

 

*

she was here one summer

& when she left I shook at the knees.

 

In dreams her hair’s

real short             her eyes

 

glazed                   wide

like strangers

 

in the night

cars on the highways

 

of your sleep

& when you wake

miles away

 

cows graze

fields

buttercups

of spring

worlds away

but you anyway are.

really there

 

*

in the curves

of her line

breaks  snake

hip          syllables

coil         slumber

sometimes

 

crawl. shed skin.

score bark. round

my neck down

the boughs & twigs

of my finger

tips

 

no big deal

but                         still

 

*

try me

she says               ok

 

I will

 

*

it’s winter.

 

tuesday. we had lunch

by the lakes.

the sun shone.

the sky was blue

& the water…

 

birds flew

both ways because it’s all so

beautiful

 

*

we met

in the cherry red

mirror between

2 brush strokes

 

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