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Muddy shoestrings

And faded stamp collections

Drag sepia paths

Of adventure

All the way home

To mothers with 

Perfected recipes

And laundry trails

Of love.


We promise

It’s never

Been

Used.

Sorry,

Only one

Fairytale for sale.

Wedged between the brown cracked lamp

And sagging couch,

The cellophane-wrapped

Still-beating heart

Makes you wonder

If you could live

Without it.


Most people’s hearts

Are cute, colorful things

Like Valentines’ Day

Cards and candy.

Yours is a single

Swiss cheese slice,

The holes hang on bones

The rest, colorless,

A solid

Sheet of ice.


No love letter

To peruse,

So latitude and longitude

Are skimmed for

Lines to read between.

Each piece of chocolate

Is unwrapped with the

Expectation of a treasure map

Printed on the underside

Of the shiny red foil,

X marks the spot.

 


I and U

Make soft sounds

In Spanish-

Weak vowels

With no need to

Dominate,

Each sits comfortably

Within words,

Waiting for

The uniting moment

Somewhere

Down the printed page.

Blending effortlessly

Yet keeping identity,

I and U,

You and I.


Complicate
The downward glance
Of his stormy eyes,

Suffocate
The surroundings
Until together you sit,

Then incinerate
Every thought
Devoid of his face,

Wait,
Don’t add water,
Just allow the mind to

Condensate
To create your very own
Life-size Insta-Prince.

 


Let’s set sail

In a paper boat

Made with love notes

So we can laugh at

Scribbled secrets

And badly rhyming lines

Of silly sentimentality

As we drift along,

Making faces

In the watery mirror

Below our ship

And smiling straight

Into the sun.