Phone callBy the river,
the moon was shining silver on mist,
fireflies were flashing like diamonds.
In the city,
a million lights cloaked the stars,
harsh and moth ridden.
The curve of your spine was hunched,
feline and angry,
as friendships sucked you bone dry.
Hiding under blanket forts,
empty memorials to childhood,
we realized we had nothing to talk about.
But holding on over phone lines was enough for the moment.
Champagne and SherbetChampagne and sherbet
Just enough to dance in my eyes
Drifting rosy bubbles and sour fruits
Chocolate and Merlot
Rich enough for late night fantasies
And bringing to light elegant truths
HonestyI like how your honesty bleeds through
After memory pile-ups that never quite make sense
The silences where you try catching your thoughts like so many birds
Tethering them down to a solid point with gun-metal ribbons
Before setting them free
In alphabetical order
TragedyYou were always an uncommitted Romeo
Never learning your lines
Or quite remembering your blocking.
"It's truer this way",
You would say,
Kissing the poison off her lips,
A sleeping beauty who would never know
The blade's sweet caress on her heart.
You always rewrote the tragic endings,
Replacing MacBeth and Othello.
Setting in place Superman and Batman.
You never were a committed Romeo,
Which I think is why I still love you.
NothingThis is nothing
A list of why life smiles like garden gnomes
A burst of joy at passing storms
Laughter at beauty beyond belief
A mere dab of paint
Art for art's sake
Uninspired as Milton's exercises
Lusterless as preliminary sketches
Tracing a dazzling world in black and white nullity
This is nothing
Except a brief foray into everything that is joy
Goodbye, It's the EndIt's because you try to buy it all
Paying your thirty pieces of silver for some friendship
Which rings as hollow as your plugged nickels
I'm tired of fending off your Judas payment
Or pretending that all is right in my Gethsemane
Your lies cut off my ear
Because I really just can't care anymore
Lady In RedThe rain taps the same rhythm as your fingers
Pounding like the rushing blood in my ears
Heralding the arrival of a year of night
The genesis of darkness
Celebrating our fall
Complete in our deficient cardiovascular systems
I used to love the measure of your insanity
Weighed out in double-time heartbeats
And universal empire dreams
But these days I only have one heart
And you are destroying my world
Your kisses are the same
Snatched as you dance by
Carefree like the worlds you have destroyed
Or caged old men
Bent on saving the young beauties
Quixotic in sneakers and rock star jackets
The kisses are the same
but I no longer want to be empress
Nor rule for millennia