Tagged: protection

perhaps beneath all

perhaps beneath all
the layers of being human
is humanity –

it takes tremendous patience
to peel back much of the husk
.
20210504:2259
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with protection spells,

with protection spells,
great care
must be taken in
word choice –
and still, we
will slip up,
there will be
omissions,
like pandemics,
a deep freeze,
loneliness
.
20210222:2001
y

i am delicately

i am delicately
peeling into
this memory i have
of you – how we
rarely had
lychees
in our youth
unless
you were visiting –
maybe you’d carry
with you only
a small bag of
the sweet fruits,
and still, it was
up to us
to peel away
the tough outer
layer, past the inner
membrane,
to get to
the unforgettable
part, the stuff
of memories
.
20171122:2005
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mom and dad vowed to

mom and dad vowed to
tighten up any loosened
screws before bed each
night so that we would
have another
chance by morning,
not be defenseless
.
20170618:1258
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it is stated in countless

it is stated in countless
handbooks and hazard
identification trainings
that whenever a dust
layer of as little as one-
thirty-second of an
inch accumulates,
immediate cleaning is
warranted to prevent
combustion. i had often
thought that somehow, this
pain would be
useful, drawing close
each layer like a
comforter, a coat,
an armor, a potential,
not knowing enough
about chemistry
and vents
and letting go
.
20170322:2236
y

here and there, words hide

here and there, words hide
other words, tuck them away
between the folds of
syllables, knowing that
there will be days when
we will need shelter
from each other
.
20161027:0810
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things we leave unsaid

things we leave unsaid
sprout tendrils, winding their way
around suitable

hosts, a cellular invasion,
a parasite of memory
.
20160728:0723
y

protecting the heart

protecting the heart
often starts with
the neck
don’t look now,
here she comes
.
20151214:0802
y

we are bound to leave

we are bound to leave
some things
untucked –
let’s try not
to tempt one
another beyond
have you eaten yet?
.
20150808:1617
y

these earplugs that have

these earplugs that have
been with me since day
twenty-three are now
retiring from the
business of protecting
my eardrums in
concert, like
bouncers standing
guard, checking for
decibels and noise.
the new ones still
have to wait until
the sun goes down
.
20150424:1733
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