Lies

They lied to me,

when they said I would forget your face,

They lied to me

when they said time heals all wounds

They lied to me

that I could love another.

 

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for you

its like a closed wooden coffin,

my love for you.

the nails have been hammered in its corners,

its door has been resolutely shut,

people have started to forget you were once there.

 

Its like a wooden coffin,

miles under the surface of grass

miles under the roots

But as the tide of our life’s relentless waves retreats

it is there,

in that wooden coffin.

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A thousand tulips

I can see a thousand tulips.

And I want to give them to you.

 

I can still see you.

I can see your wrinkled palm,

Grasp a basin of stone,

 as eyes refuse to meet my own.

I can still see you.

I can see your wrists tremor betray us,

in the unspoken promise not to make a fuss.

I can see a pink nightdress sway

I can see a thousand words I wanted to say.

 

I can see a thousand tulips.

And I want to give them to you

I send them to you wherever you lie

May each petal remind you

Of that young girl running through the dewy fields

May each petal

Smell of the burning sun of his kisses.

May each stem

Brush your memories onto the canvas of the blue sky.

I can see a thousand tulips

And I send them to you wherever you lie.

As I remember our unspoken, eternal

Yet elegant goodbye.

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