Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Proposal

Let me use you
to focus my shifty eyes,
harden my trembling,
take me out, beyond my Self.
Let me use you

to overwhelm my senses
in the heat of your neck,
tingle of your touch,
shudder of your gaze.
Let me use you

to escape, to forget,
to feel something besides pain,
Let me use you

to pound out my empty,
to become someone else,

Let me use you
and when I am through,

let me put you
back together
as honestly as I know how.


#OpenLinkNight #15


(Potential) Escape

All these fears I’ve left unsaid,
rise up with the moon
light obscured by gauzy sheets
of autumn clouds.

Shadows become the shapes
of your past, come to
bully us apart,
even turn me away,
leave you in a dark clearing
throwing betrayed cries at my back.

Logic says: The dawn always comes.
But darkness is determined
and clever
and while the moon hides
her radiance with wisps of ether,
night and its demons tie me
and make me watch
while you dishonor
everything we are.

I run, panting and panicked,
hoping tonight I’ll be agile and strong.
I jump, fly, skid
into the (potential) escape of dreams.

I hope you are waiting for me there,
surrounded by our promises.

Nights like this,
no moon to guide me,
all I have is the sound of your voice
calling me back to Us.


#OpenLinkNight #14

Hometown ~~ dVersePoets week 12

In honor of a weekend trip to my hometown–Seattle–I bring you my submission for this week’s dVersePoets #OpenLinkNight.


these streets
unfolding under my feet
of past lovers
around the contours of
my memory
luring me into
dark doorways
smelling of lost hope…
my past
is before me

I stand, turning circles
that building
memory ghosts
through broken windows
a former self
loathing and addiction
aimlessness and hate
I tremble, don’t cry
I think of
your hand in mine
my present, my future
my love