Stay with me

Even when you can’t be here

Stay with me

Even though I don’t deserve you

Stay with me

Especially as my eyes close.

Wait for me.

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There is another part of me.

This part wants to taunt, scream, laugh and ridicule

…at the emptiness

Behind where I have fallen;

The only tracks are my own,

Scuffed, unsteady and defiant.

Down

A floor of pillows

Repeated falling;

Falling in front of you

Over and over;

You see me get up,

But it’s the fall you remember.

Away from you, towards you,

A dive with closed eyes

And stillness.

“Open them” I say,

As I gather and unfold to my feet.

I gently push your arms down, back towards your sides

And keep my eyes fixed on yours;

Even after landing.

Unknown

Pointless aching

Caught in a complex net of fraying strings;

Coarse, abundant and savagely visceral

As remnants of feeling are

Ripped screaming from their root

Leaving deceptive shadows in places you once knew;

Disguising organs, displacing sensations, mapping invisible scars.

The back of the hand is an open wound

Weeping piteously as it reaches

Longingly into tomorrow.