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Who Fell First

Memory is tricky

Fading tricks of light

Remembering what we thought we knew

Obscure

Slightly askew

Summer days of honey

Golden light and blue blue skies

Buzzing bees o’er fields of clover

Thunderstorms blew up from the past

Roiling clouds come rolling in from distant places

Pink heat lighting flickers long before the booming sounds

A charge is in the air

The temperature is dropping

Darkening sky and quickening heart

We were just fourteen when all time stopped

A crack of lighting lashed the sky

Large slow drops began to hit the warm concrete

Sidewalks curbs and suburban streets

Manicured grass soft to barefeet

Low rumblings growing closer

The light then sound and count it out

How far the storm we wonder

Every minute stronger power

We mark the moment that all changes

From comfortable skin to something new

A glance

A brush of bare arms

We are crackling like lightning

Our hearts are thunderous

Treacherous beasts

At the loudest sudden sound we shudder

Laughing just a beat too late

The sky is fissured

Cracked by light and split by sound

Here comes the rain now pouring down

We run out in the wind arms wide

We spin in storms outside of time

Tumble together in the sodden grass

We laugh with gods and goddesses

We made it here at last

This refuge from the past

Collapsed

I guess it never mattered

Who fell first

We help each other up

The storm has left a promise

We collect it every day

Every breath

Every beat of passion

Every gentle glance of love

We walk away still holding hands

The path calling us home awaits

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Whispering Love

I unpacked my fears and flaws
Audited and sorted
I folded and repaired
The tears and rents within
With tenderness I reached
A wilderness untamed
An isolated beach
An ocean calm and still
A never-ending peace
A refuge in the storm
I tossed away some garments
Doubt and worry in the pile
They just no longer fit
The shape I have become
Every fear
Every flaw
I know their names now
Wrapped carefully in kindness
Less likely to sting
This time of year I air it out
Housecleaning in the spring
Neatly folded into drawers
Or cast out in the rain
I whisper love
Both day and night
I whisper love
Confidence and fright
I whisper love
In darkness and in light

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Raining Hearts

Shadows overcasting

The sun cannot be seen

My heart is bright and singing

Watching the rain that’s falling

Music to my ears

Music in my veins

The rhythm sets my toes to tapping

There’s sparkles in my eyes

It’s raining hearts today

Smiles are all I see

Reflected in the faces that I meet

Reflected in the passing glance

Of my reflection

Dawn arrived with sunshine

I can feel behind the clouds

The rain will move along in time

The sky will be revealed

With upturned faces we can

Stand upon the earth

With sunlight we’ll be dreaming

Of some better days to come

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Feral Heart (with Audio)

No longer civilized running barefoot

Wildly dancing frenzy beating faster

Untamed uncaught unremarkable under a June sky

Clouds lowered over canopied lawns

The trees chanting with gesticulated limbs

And the wind howling howling howling

My heart is wild

My heart is gone

Racing racing racing

Water falls in fat drops slowly

Lazy rain

All the time in the world to fall

Carelessly

Gravity is not pulling them down

Each drop chooses its target and descends

Hit or missing languidly

On the hill with crumbled stones

Paved into shape

Nature called to them

The stones broke free

Water and wind handed them the tools of escape

Love is waiting

Love is calling

Love is the howling wind and lazy rain

Love is the waving arboreal arms

I hear you

My heart

I am running up over the twilight

Jumping into a pool of stars

Into the deep expanse of space

Expanding until I find the trail

Leading me home to you

And your wilderness

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In the Forest

What have I become here

In dappled light and sunshine shaded

Growing next to game trails

I grew beyond

I grew beyond each label others placed upon me

I grew beyond boundaries set like stone walls in my mind

I grew beyond it

I grew beyond it all

Wild seeds were spread throughout the understory

Watered by the dew and falling rains

What have I become here

Rising from this dirt and leaves and twigs

Reaching up beyond the detritus of the past

Lifting higher to a new configuration

Walk deep into the forest

With eyes wide open

With listening ears

Walk deeply into the heart of the wood

And see me there

And see me there

Beyond it all

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Puddle of Words

I fell into the puddle

Like a portal lying there

Reflecting trees and skies

The words that drew me inward

I fell through every letter

Into a different world

Each sentence pulled me downward

The phrases building folks who

Walked on cobbled paths

Carrying baskets filled with wares

Dodging horse and carts and chickens

I fell into the puddle

Through to another place

Where the heroes battled creatures

Well defined and clear

Where the outcome was uncertain

But the action was decisive

A world unlike our world

With its hazy ambiguity

With its tricky navigation

With its dicey risking choices

With its rolling indecision

Each letter brought me closer

Every phrase painted in the detail

Each sentence led me onward

Until I reached the end

And came back to this world

Bringing with me what I learned

The treasures which we cherish

Are unmeasured when they

Are love

Infinite

Unending

I walk along the sidewalk

A library of wishes

After a light rain

Peering into puddles

Until I fall again

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