6:00 PM – Angst (Hour 10)

The struggle to

retrieve

Something

from a child’s hand

That vice grip

has superhuman strength

with razor thin

fingernails

that cut

as you life a finger at a

time

snapping back in place

until moments

pass to

inspire surrender

even though there is danger

so you don’t give up

5:00 PM – It is Settled (Hour 9)

residing deep in the places

Where darkness feels

at home

a peace hovers like

the early morning fog

on a humid day

after a nights thunderstorm

the moist thick air

clings and coats

And grabs you

whole

a barrier to things

other than calm

Dripping with certainty

like death

and rotting flesh

in the dessert sun

stripping to the

bones

bleached white

it is done

4:00 PM – Savor (Hour 8)

seconds noticed as hours

 

swimming lengths of oceans with one stroke

 

immersing between the wispy fronds of a feather

 

coasting on the arcs of sound waves

undulating slowly

on the path of a never-ending rollercoaster

 

investigating every nuance of an emotion

with a magnifying glass

increasing its impact

being careful not to bring the sunlight

to ignite and destroy

 

tasting to analyze the exact measurements

of this meal

recipe expertly crafted

by its maker

to savor

 

2:00 PM – Release (Hour 6)

In conclusion

I release

shed

remove

dispose and cleanse

Bring out the sage and burn it in each room

rinse off the crystal and wrap it in silk

remove this filth

of the past

cut the lock, dreads, or curls

shave the head

clear out the closet of left-behind threads

if we could only burn the bed

delete and block

unfriend

drop the weight

like lead

they are now ghosts

the walking dead

1:00 PM – Aired Out (Hour 5)

Uncorked

releasing

flavor into

its space

molecularly

knitting cherries

chocolate

and

oaks

from casks

nailing its points

awarded

and poured with

intention

into my

wine glass

12:00 PM – A New Pair (Hour 4)

Fresh on the showroom

Love at first sight

red and elevated leather

looking so beautifully tight

matches my wardrobe

This outfit will delight

suited with budget

turning maybe to might

Back room search ensues

the size and fit are right

standing tall and regal

matching to his height

boxed up with satisfaction

to the register all polite

Headed home for preparations

ready for a glorious night

11:00 AM – It’s Real (Hour 3)

Working limits

between

lines

yours and mine

reducing the contrast

to blur our

greys

measuring words

for holistic balance

beams of

dual realities

teetering on brinks

ledges to cliffs too steep

but needed

doling out portions

controlled

lovingly

a struggle

real

towards

life-affirming

boundaries

10:00 AM – Alternate Universe (Hour 2)

a spark

of a new piece

entered

and zoomed past

as I drifted to a nap

and dreamt of

searching for water glasses

and sampling

gourmet food

and the

Kmart food court

that original thought

must have be great

cause my

alternate universe

counter creative

through

was epic

nonsense

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