key

Punctuate the silence with an
iris caress
and take a breath
to settle the bass drum
caged in your chest
secured by sinews
cymbals of glory

This over that
That /over/ this
Time / Time
Arms / Head
Sun / Moon
Moon / Sun
Now / Before

A signature of
love?
Need scrawled across bars
running laterally off the page

Those words are lyrics
sung from a diamond throat
a column of joy
that’s smoother than madrona

Gods you can’t take it back
too much music in one girl
Gods you can’t take it back
too much beauty in one girl
Gods you can’t take it back
too much meaning in one girl
Gods you can’t take it back
I’m memorizing her

so I can recite it on days
when the doors are too heavy
and the walls are too close
I can open my mouth
and cry out her name
and shatter every glass expectation
upset jars of insecurity
and the chorus of doubt in my mind
won’t be able to talk

for once

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