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Struggle and rest,
Reach and retreat,
Each heartbeat creaks
Like a weathered
Rocking chair.

When he first felt
Earth’s cold wind
On his baby skin
A slow moan rumbled
Through his bones.

His first steps
On hard wood,
Wobbling he stood
Heel to sole,
Sole to heel.

He dug into the earth
One friend, one hole
Dead doggie soul
Dirt and tears,
Shovel down.

First day lived
As a working man
Nonstop on a business plan
Hours nine to five
Long and longer.

Bought the ring
Then baby shoes
Two pinks, two blues
Twice the joy,
Then doubled grief.

From the front porch
He stoops and stares
Splintered cares
Rock back
And forth.

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My heart,

Entombed in black nail polish

Ten coats thick,

Painfully pumps

Dark soda liquid

That fizzes violently

Then settles heavy

In my veins.

My swollen throat,

Pounded with bright red Pop rocks,

Tightens around one long, black arrow

Whose sharp tip

Jabs each vital organ

While my lungs,

Like weathered bagpipes,

Torture each breath.


Don’t mind me,
These blue eyes don’t see a thing.
Like a sunny day’s sky,
No dark clouds allowed,
No rain ever falls.

Don’t mind me,
This pale skin doesn’t bruise,
Like a ghost floating by,
Haunting not feeling,
Untouched, untouchable.

Don’t mind me,
This skinny five foot five frame echoes.
Like a cheap bargain buy,
Hollowed all the way through,
No heart, no head.


Like the snow, you twirled magically,

Swirling around my heart.

You made the world a wonderland,

New and beautiful, unbelievable.

But the snowstorm stopped

With no warning.

Frozen white piles, suffocating the ground,

Melted slowly into salty puddles.

I stopped dancing in the snow,

Now I walk in the rain.