Tagged: need

in between cultures

in between cultures
are the stuff dreams are made of –
take what you need, leave

the rest, it takes a whole bunch of
we to become all-embracing

the truth is we all

distance magnifies

distance magnifies
the need – i am saying it
without saying it,

the way that you have taught me
just as many years ago

on a scale of walking

on a scale of walking
into traffic and
walking into the sea,
last night i
chose the sea,
and when i reached it,
you called me
out of the blue,
an accusatory tone
in your voice,
taking me back
to the days when
i’d arrive at my
childhood home
and not ring you up.
i was found out,
i leaned the
heaviness against you
so that i could
find a new
balance, and you
shifted so that you
could accommodate
the weight. i
wandered alongside,
instead of into,
though the sound of
the waves will always
compete with your voice

seven paces to

seven paces to
the atlantic, it comes up
to measure me and
my intent.
eventually, the
waves will rise
to chest-level, so
cold that i will
no longer have to
say the things i
need to say
because there
will be a numbness
that simply forgets

we are masks under

maybe exactly

maybe exactly
is seeing ourselves from a
bird’s eye view, touching

and untouching, mornings in
the bathroom, getting ready

maybe exactly

maybe exactly
is when you said this when you
really meant that, and

we both understood, so nothing
more needed to be said

we are charged

we are charged
with the need to have
arrived, ready
to cast off our
heavy coats, lay
aside our
worn shoes

the rule behind