I see you tucked away, there in the corner of this epic adventure.
A stowaway undermining, under the guise of love and concern.
I come for inspection, to work, and for respite every couple of days and we lock eyes.
With your back to me, and a mirror before you, I watch you watch me plead hello.
There’s a reason you do not respond to my greetings until the awkwardness becomes too thick to ignore me anymore.
You’re stealing and hoarding and leveraging me and what’s mine.
The awesome view from on high.
The space I’ve created to just be.
The aura I emit.
My ample supply of lust and cinnamon breakfast cereal.
My apathy in attending properly to it all.
Until yesterday, when the doorman warned me, so gracefully, you must go.
More precisely that I must say to you.
When you’re here, you’re not yourself, thus this means it’s time.
The Welcome sign at my doorstep you’ve taken far too far, my friend….
It was never meant for you, you know, I see.
Sin and God told me.
Gazing past you
Seeking solace in the wint’ry blue, that I might not be forced to look at you
Before your tutelage of me, recall
Blank pages you were
Poor￼ and lonely were you
Now, you’ve your green
What I was born with, you have stolen and will die with, you pray
But, we know what we know
As does God
On look out
Wanting her, Liberty
Freedom from all the ways I’ve done her wrong
Her eyes, corroded-coppery
Bore one capital “L” unto mine skin
“A Mighty Woman,” I was warned
And so I came, tired
And she welcomed me
And I extinguished her, still
First, -wait, first- I told her,
Before we may take the obligatory walk,
During which you don a yoke, and then become free,
And I don a wintry coat with tundra boots, and am forced to reflect upon my sin,
I must self-destruct
I swear the squirrel
Said make no sound
And followed her own advice
Having the choice
Of shade or sun
Opted for lowly and nice
Still she travelled
And got where she hoped to be
I own peanuts
I’ll share with her
Since she shares wisdom with me
In the green, green grass
Where we all wish to be
A smiling, warm shoulder
Honest and timeless
The snare of sin
And proper loneliness thereafter
Wait. That’s just me
The road’s camber
And beat-down flip-flop wearers
That seem to correspond….
The wish I have to cry
And others’ downturned eyes
So much talk and so many voices
Weighing down and weighing in
But still unanswered to my mind
How many light years and lifetimes
Given how alike and unlike our hearts
Are you from touching me