Hour Twelve: After

Hour Twelve: After

Doors close, eyes shut, sun sinks, tide goes out
Eyesight dims, bones weaken, hand shakes
Night lengthens, leaves fall, snow drifts
Stone crumbles, earth fractures
Calendar page flips
Days piling up
All of them
Without
You.

Hour Eleven: The Call

Hour Eleven: The Call

Skyscraper bursting periwinkle cloud
Storefront spilling needle-sharp beat
My heart spread on sizzling pavement
Gumboot-sticky
Stomach sourdough-rancid
As life pivots towards pain

Hour Nine: Idiomsmashup

Hour Nine: Idiomsmashup

A stitch in
Time heals all
Work and no play

It’s raining cats and
Dog days of
Wine and roses

Penny saved is a
Penny for your
Thoughts and prayers

Hour Eight: Final Separation

Hour Eight: Final Separation

How death sorts us
Like to like
Eyes gone dark go to ground
Their light floats up to sun
Security of feet in mud
The possibility of sky

Hour Seven: Normality

Hour Seven: Normality
We get used to the
most unimaginable
of circumstances
Memories fade until
the new is all that is known
ever adjusting

Hour Six: Losing Ground

Hour Six: Losing Ground

Just a slight stumble at first
Slipping slightly
Shifting to splaying for stability
Swaying shakily
Surrendering into stillness

Hour Five: breathing room

Hour Five: breathing room
No one questions you when you say
I have to go to the bathroom
open door to
slick tiles
pause in time
faucets pour cool renewal
warm comfort
let faces fall
tears drip
rage tremble
room to breathe, room to seethe
room to grieve
to reassemble
then rejoin

Hour Four: Why Cats

Hour Four: Why Cats
The rumble of purrs
Soft nudges of a nose on an arm
Weaving infinity symbols between feet
Questions shining in iridescent eyes
Endless lessons in melting muscles
And stretching sinews
Soft breath in our ears as
They tell us paradise is our home and love our true destiny.
(Last line from bell hooks, all about love.)

Hour Three: Out of the Picture

Hour Three: Out of the Picture
I’m looking at
You looking at
Me looking at
You
These days the picture blurs
Because
You can no longer see
Me looking at
You looking at
Me
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