immutable

summer sun incandescent,
blackberries ripening on the vine-
pearly white and green
a few deepening to purple-black,
growing tumescent
even as they wait

I slide the ripened berries
from the vine to my mouth
licking juice droplets
staining my fingertips

you pick the green ones
wincing at the sourness
your mouth puckered tightly
at their unripe taste

And still, I find myself amazed
that even for summer
your choice is not change.

sleepless

it’s early
the sky barely greying
into Monday’s dawn

I watch you sleeping
dark lashes splayed on faded circles
painted beneath your eyes
by the dreams you won’t speak of
that you wrestle every night

haiku

without pale moonlight
shadows absorb all landmarks
I am lost at sea

how animals sleep

We fucked last night.
Silently, unlike animals,
only noises
of skin sliding along skin,
body parts slapping rhythmically,
breaths erratically echoing
in the otherwise quiet night.

Afterwards, we turned away
in our nest of a bed-
facing outwards, alone
gazing off into dark distances
in opposing directions
that only each of us could see-

remembering when our limbs
crooked like the necks of swans
entwined, as we envisioned forever
facing inward as we slipped into sleep.

when stars break

I saw a broken star tonight,
shards of light
scattering through emptiness
before fading into non-existence.

I thought of making a wish,
but that’s only for shooting stars;
even wishes cannot hope
to mend a broken heart.

ignoring limits

an asymptote
your lips hovering
drawing closer by infinitesimal increments
until I feel their warmth just before
they finally press against mine.

Missing my connection

circling in midair
waiting for clearance to land
trapped between sky and ground
without purchase
on either
while others above and below
continue on
to finish their journey

like the man
sentenced to having no country
always at sea
never touching the edges
of something
you want to call your own

we reach out each time
passing by, stretching
to just brush fingertips
never quite enough
to clasp hands,
to grab on,
to stay.

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