I can hear the city bellowing outside
and Wednesday is groaning out
a lingering goodbye
I am watching your breath rise,
grateful for the air in your lungs
they sing the sun to me
and there is no longing here
not now, in this calm
there is only the bliss
etched on your skin;
permeating my own
and the sinking feeling disappearing somewhere within
I pour my hopes into a
I let it sit
and learn time does stop
– sheila c.
I dreamt that the gods picked me out of bed
and shook me violently
they had grown tired of my struggle
and breathed bravery into my lungs
i was not born ready for this
but something has changed
it was desire that made me weak
so I will take those parts you claimed
and build a new fire
a new flame to consume the old
and burn the blame
– Sheila C.
here is a smattering of your dignity
there is not a dry eye in the place
your perseverance has made addicts of all
you’re such a phoenix
making your own ashes
trying to glue yourself together
i follow your voice to the morning
and i rise with the small hairs
on the crook of your neck.
i stay there
and sit quietly
with your freckles.
they mirror mine
but i don’t think it’s strange..
pulled us apart
before we were flesh.
– sheila c.
the espresso maker is lying in pieces in the sink
coffee grains are drizzled over stainless steel
I stop the faucet and realize
I am watching the rest of me slip into the drain