I am the only one
between daises you haven’t smelled
upon spring air & pews where you
sat heavy with my presence
coming undone in laughter
made nervous by fear. oh
my darlin’ the weeping at my feet,
the furrowed brow, the anger at my
seeming distance; i know full well.
as sure as the sun rises tomorrow,
i will love you. i will take one look
at your thoughts like spinning plates:
where are you? why is this happening?
how will i make it through?
when will darkness flee
beyond pressure my chest bears
conceal? who have i become? what
charm does heart for you?
i want to dance in a straight line
with you, but you spin in circles–
pull me round & round & i follow
because i want to untangle your
dependency on yourself. i ask,
are you willing trust fall in my arms?
my smile imprints discomfort
distances away from your face, how
i know unveiled is better than protect.
folded arms are safest bet
when goodbyes drain pale the color
of grace, you tell me.
i can’t leave, offering the bread &