In A Row

My mind is arguing

Fighting

Fighting

Tossing and turning

Trying to plant thoughts

Evenly spaced

In a logical progression

All in chaos

Some escape

Like artists

Deep into the woods

With an easel

To paint wild creatures

And draw imagination

Out from under the canopy

Some take to wing

Like angels soaring

Clouds and Heaven and hymns

Only touching the solid earth for a moment

To Bless and disappear

Some creep in like nightmares

Sinewy tendrils of darkness choking

Winding and climbing

Cut them quickly before they bloom

Before they

Before

Hurry

Please

But I glow brighter

They shrink back

Slithering away

Then

I am dancing in the storm of thought

In rain without the acidic touch

I am light

Lighter still

Still lighting the flow

Still flowing the light

I Met You In Darkness

I waited there

Arms clutched around scabbed knees

Dirty face streaked with tears

Feet bare and calloused

Wrecked

Wracked

Wretched

Eyes closed tight against the world

Ears shut listening to the void

No whisper

No echo

No

Escape

I HELD MY BREATH

Until my pounding heart demanded

A little longer than that

Calming along all lines

Drawn and redrawn

I TOOK A BREATH

There is no reason

“Why would they do that?”

There is no reason

No logic

Not an answer to the question

I waited for you in the dark

To arrive with answers

Reason

Logic

Oh, but I met you there

I met you in darkness

And all you had to give me

What you gave me there in the darkest night

Like a small spark of hope

Like a brief touch of peace

Like the sun streaming through grey skies

When I met you in darkness

You gave me someone to love

No reason

Not logical

The glowing heart of you

Shining spirit

I still look for you

In the dark

What Did You Contemplate

I watched your face

A thousand ways you’d hide

In front of me

Fingers running lightly over your mouth

Lest the words escape

Dammed and damned

A shrug – the answer composed

Of a book of words unsaid

“I don’t know.”

But you did know

Maybe

Your secrets are your own

I didn’t pry

Your private thoughts remained

Within the cage

Built over times unknown to me

And yet

The light came through the gaps

And glimpses caught

Of unrelenting pain

Did it relent finally

Did it ease at last

I’m sure I don’t know

And yet I hope

That you are out there with your

Happiness unbound

Sharing all the words you

Kept from me with

Someone safe for you

Steady for you

Someone you could

Be in revelation

The best we were for

Each other were

As friends

And the times we

Held each other in a

More intimate embrace

Less intimate

More insulated

We stood for a time

On and off

Back to back

In a world which would pry

Secrets from us

If we dropped our guard

And so we

Did not drop it

Completely

Not with each other

Not with each other

Not with the world

Then

Mine have all escaped now

Running havoc

If you see them

Let them be

They are as free as me

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