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Wrath, wrath, and flame!

The small and delicate creature
clutches me by the throat and

dares to ask if I am who I claim,
and I, powerless to speak, burst

into laughter and want to say if you
have been in love you’ll know how

to fall, senses alert to…

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I came to art like
the calamity of hours

forget-me-nots leaving
no trace nor cup to sip
the strain fading listen
to the clay defy the light

it means something

the secret will crack you
open cover you with earth
and forest like the rafters
of heaven become shadows
of some fast and heavy…

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the sign cracked my
skull split it grapewise I

think it said sleep with fire
and kiss like you believe

the wind laughed in huge
letters blew my glasses

clear across the field tell
me if you find them I

would dearly love to
see it again

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painted jigsaw
evening dress

pulling me home

to a bed
it took years to discover

a back-curve murmur
sitting on my tongue

porcelain swallows
wings tucked

we race to the garden

where you bathe
my mask invisible

and promise
to kiss the boundary

until I can breathe

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I am a strand
an unaccustomed toy

charming as a vase

the night breathes in
forgets the lake

kindred being
find me in the crowd

I’ve come again
to blindness

the one short of youth and
the faint clink of horsemen

open the lock
see the morning

our position just…

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