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Briefly Sparkling

skip across starlight, they said
to the loss
this ending will only be blue
misfortune from dusk all along
in the back
slinking sharp, never mind
to the grey

to the dark
in the slipstream, you asked
everything growing like weeds
but entwined, elastic
in dream of eternity unbound
to the light

of candle & starlight
so briefly sparkling

Tinted but Not Twine

think if you must but don’t
dandelion well enough with your spleen
venting outwards by the sadness is too much
too much curiosity by way of sleep

for you crystallize a little each day
scribbling syntax until your fingers bleed
cry if you must but don’t
goldfish alone in the peeling house
goldfish alone in ancient sleep

bang! crash! & your own heart
lies like a stone at the bottom of a well
& you know where you came from
& you know illinois
laugh if you must but don’t ever forget
what you knew when you were new to this all
new to the crush of the world

Largely Sung Loosely

it’s a secret that i have to tell
half-moth, half-moon, half-marsh
like a lit match in an empty house
i never know just what’s to be done

& she said to me unto pass
don’t go down, down into there
almost seas when you pass
don’t go, don’t, don’t, don’t go

a willow blown
a lit match
aware now

it’s a secret that i have to tell
i never know
i never know just what’s to be done

& she said to me while you slept
don’t dream, don’t go down there
half-moth, half-moon, half-marsh
don’t go, don’t dream, don’t go
when she said what she said unto me
don’t go where, why, no, don’t go
almost seas unto me
don’t go, don’t, don’t, don’t go

21 Degrees

queen oldest the whispering dogs
edge vagabond marbles in hopes & wants
to clouds that secret become
& through glass as you are
& your gears clutter cold dance beneath mix of my oldest
so your drunken stream is linguistic

no my dawn, the fear beats its velvet
& you become the go & mix of moon
now of never as lost fire-flowers
mouth swallowing, dreaming on mix of sobriety
just heart in chattering & heart in fears
moon becomes the nattering

& squirrel beats its edge vagabond whiskey
that linguistic babbling & it’s bursting through the dreaming
delicious blood to pass cold moon
you, my words
dawn the void, all mix of stars
a frosty around the dueling

with sugar astonishing weird moon nights
the cold, the time for hold
snowfall out heart in marbles, in through whiskey
that my secret world spins delusions until clouds that thaw
with drunken chill is whispering up your stars

Hard Pressed

a manual for living well
with teeth & blood & sparks & wine
with sugar mice & lemonade
a manual to dream & write

for empty notebooks pale & cold
with ink & blood & tongues & wine
with caramel & lemonade
for empty notebooks sleeping well

a manual to dream & write
with sparks & gears & blood & teeth
with candy canes & violins
a manual for living well