“Beyond the Glades”

15 Feb

“Beyond the Glades”

There is a fountain of you

pretending to give a gift

for what is swallowed never lasts

and what is eventual but elemental

is cut from existence

from who we wanted to love

from all bitterness scraped to its roots

and green eyes cry through ferns

in everlasting everglade canoe couples

and moonlight kisses

cuddle in public

in sorrow

with frog body suits

stitched to our shadows

an immediate jumping off point

to fall in love again in slow motion

as our blood is collected

to ice skate in the same circles

as roses bloom beneath the swamps

and trapdoors in attics open

from the heat of you.

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