Tagged: psychology

january is

january is
a placebo – for a moment,
we are unflinching

** in the absence of The Daily Post from WordPress, here’s your daily prompt: placebo

in a parallel

in a parallel
universe, do we both make it
back from the falls or

do i stretch out my arms and step
off, echoing l’appel du vide

** in the absence of The Daily Post from WordPress, here’s your daily prompt: falls

not knowing so much

not knowing so much
about love, i am often
at a disadvantage,
stepping out onto the
curb, discovering a
precious, undeniably
shiny thing, picking
it up, and thrusting it
into the hands of everyone
i meet – did you drop this?

in every way, the

in every way, the
heart settles in and begins
to ache, there is really
no way around it –
as long as we are able
to hold onto
you will call me from
the opposite side
of the world, and
the sadness will
be unbearable


(for j because of p)

every couple of months, you
call and ask me to help you move
some furniture around in your
house, starting with the bed.
you say you just can’t get to
sleep anymore surrounded
by all these corners and
varying degrees of nearly right
angles. with the phone in
one hand, a bottle of Jägermeister
sticking frozen to the other
you say please,
please come – i feel i’m getting
closer to the truth this time.
and as your life-long girlfriend
with the perpetually
convenient back problem sits
decorating wallflowers
against the kitchen counter, we
move the bed, the dresser,
the lamp, the couch,
the television stand, and
on and on, until those spirits
haunting you cannot recognize
this as home anymore. but
you were the one who made
the pact with the devil, and
after a month or two, it’s just
going to be the same thing again

the symmetry in unexpected things:

the stem of an apple
sharply sliced

the colour within
your coldness
faintly flushed

the letter o
to stand still
next to the letter u

the sound of snow
their gut differences
to clump
in hushed harmony