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A chink in the armour

I think I found the chink in the armour,

I think I found your disguise,

I think I found what lies beneath,

The true character behind those eyes.

 

A slip of the tongue whets truth’s cruel form,

And shows me what had yet been unseen,

The wrong choice of word, adjective, verb,

Makes dirty what once had shone clean.

 

And with that mistake, a whole character shifts,

T...

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loveloverslossrelationship breakuppainmemory

Blossom

I sat on our favourite 

park bench

Holding the echo

of your hand

Catching your smile

in glimmers of sunlight 

The cherry blossom tree

crying delicate tears

of soft petals

brushing my skin

with gentle kisses

I closed my eyes

and saw you shaking that tree

Blowing all those little kisses

over to me

Your smile like the sunrise 

Your eyes of sapphire blue

...

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Loveloss

A Single Cloud

After you were gone

My heart fell apart

A jigsaw without structure 

A mess of lonely parts

 

I think you took me with you

My breath, my life, my soul 

For all that remained 

Was this deep & vacant hole

 

One day I fell into its depths 

Without thought of return

Crumbling to a waste of ash

In my own neglected urn

 

But, I awoke blinking 

At the sun's ...

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Uppsala Cathedral '92

I.

I have no faith, yet
in this foreign church
I find solace,
sanctuary.

I never expected
to need such a place,
but I sought it out.

A stranger to its ways,
I sit in silence, alone.
Its echoing ambience
embraces me.

City noise and bluster
muffled by centuries-old stone;
it welcomes and warms.

A refuge, I rest:
No more voices.
I can breathe here.
I can be here.

The sw...

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I Wonder If...

I wonder if you

Ever got to hold

the starlight in your eyes

In the palm of your hand 

When you left

 

I wonder if you

Spin candy floss

from passing clouds

And siphon cider

from the sun

 

I wonder if you 

Weave blankets from dusk

And yawn 

the colours of dawn

 

I wonder if you 

Shower in rainbows

And shake the colours 

upon waking flowers

...

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Loveloss

Love Not Fully Understood

God, I know you’re good.

You’re gentle and you’re kind. 

You quiet the restless heart,

With words it cannot find.

 

You tether the most wayward souls,

Drawn away by the slightest breeze.

You answer the most daring questions,

With sovereignty and ease.

 

All you do is good,

It’s the only way you know how to be.

How else could the Lion

Befriend a sheep like me?

...

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My Bleeding Mother

My heart is hurting.

It can’t contain the pain.

It seeps like beads of sweat out of my body

And falls like drops of rain.

 

The rain soaks my shoes,

then bleeds through to the skin.

The cold of winter settles;

it settles once again.

 

I cannot save my mother,

Though she and I both hoped that I could.

But I’m afraid that a daughter’s love

Can’t always do the t...

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GriefChildhoodLoss

cold

I remember the lines 

of your face.

the wrinkles around

your eyes

when you smiled.

the curves that

framed your

cheeks and lips

as you bared 

your teeth in

a cackle or two.

your cheeks bounced

with a slight poke

to your warm,

oily skin.

your lips chapped

on the bottom left

from you constantly

biting throughout the day.

your forehead,

red a...

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grieflossmourning

it went by so fast that i couldn't keep up

An empty room

Filled with bodies

Voices of different

Tones and pitches

And volumes.

Stifled cries

In the corners,

Whispered sentiments by the photos,

Muffled screams

From his mother

In the chair

Adjacent

To the giggles that

Came from

The pew of the casket

Where I laughed

With friends

As we reminisced

Of the days that

Were simpler.

Hands a...

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griefmourningloss

Vigil

January fifth.
The black car is almost here.
I wait
and I remember:

Early morning, deep December.
Phone rings;
heart sinks;
today, I know, is the day.
Exit day, the expected day: the day to say goodbye.

A rush hour slow-slog through thin and sickly dawn.
Idiot-bright festive lights fail to sense the mood.
Mother in the back seat – quiet, watching, alone.

A red light river – a sto...

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Coffee With My Ex

"Why did it end that way?" she asked

when we spoke some years later

 

Two cups in we agreed

We couldn't find our way back

to who we wanted to be


It’s like our patched-up hearts

The bandages do come off

but they will never be the same

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