Shaded

Sweet scent of nectarine,

my personal heroine.

Why don’t we drown together

in the glow of the spring?


Vibrant ceramic skin

clothed in nature’s embrace.

Can I share this fabric

and tease a way in?


Caressing somewhere between the trees

the potent needle of nostalgic euphoria.

Eardrums were ringing, awash in the sound

of separate parts becoming a whole.


And I try to repeat it,

repeat it in every face I see.

And I try to repeat it,

repeat it through memory.


Falling, colored leaves

tangled in our grasp.

Should we climb together

above the branches?


Find privacy from the vines,

the avalanche of dying things,

gasping for sunlight to feed our roots

to bring this kiss to life.


Caressing somewhere between the trees

the thought of someone once known.

Veins were pounding, drugged to the sound

of steady beats racing to infinity.


And I try to repeat it,

repeat it in every hand I hold.

And I try to repeat it,

repeat it through all the letters.


Sensations pulse to the forefront of my fingertips

as the motions pass through this empty chest.

I feel a change buried deep inside.

But the image blurs—

it’s fading to fog,

the dust begins to cascade down.

The snow around these parts is a bitter taste:


Bitter sap in veins,

feel bitter on tongues,

feel stings that poke and prod like knives.

No path left among the bedlam

and the leaves keep falling,

the leaves keep falling.


And I try to repeat it, repeat it,

repeat it with a name.

And I try to repeat, repeat it,

repeat it in a frame.


And I try to repeat it, repeat it,

repeat as you said.

And I try to repeat it, repeat it,

repeat it when you’re gone.

( ❤ Mitch)

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