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1.

i hear these words
and something happens
in the yard;

it doesn't fit
a poem
or planet.

i see it squeeze
into the slits
beneath your shirt.

i feel it fly the smooth
of you
from off your back. it turns

and hides behind the acres,
stock frontiers
of jagged rooftops,

kept far and safe
and free
of me.

2.

the squirrel
has left the limb
as light would leave
a photograph.

i’m staring into its absence
and some new kind of animal is made;
one where
only
its reversal is alive.

it doesn't move or breathe.

the park is wintered over, and i don’t go.
the poppies
are all gone.
and when they do come back, they never change
from birth to birth,
a clan of inbred
sisterhoods
with felt umbrella
clots
of karma
that don’t remember
who i was.

3.

one last thought of your last thought
and all the rest become their graves.

nothing i remember, now
will reach the earth.  
i have no bottom ground,
beneath.

the narrow knots of wood
that span and hoard and cup my self
are laughing into holes;

the weathered gate
outside of me
becomes its death.

if i should ever find my way
deep below the cliffs of space,
to finally feather
down
like dark, Atlantic teeth,
will i somehow get along with them:
the brides of ghosts
who married me?
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of your best-est... :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Writer
Thanks so much :heart:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you..
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This, Shane.
:hug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Writer
:heart:
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Writer
Thanks! :D
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A pleasure! :)
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riparii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'm with Rosie about stanza two.
The whole thing has a powerful bleak presence.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Writer
Thanks. :)
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