Bella Notte

together we mourn the most
beautiful night
lest we forget its truthfulness
to us
–forgive its burden unto us

nostalgia takes hold in the
dark

vacillating between deceptive longing
and the sincerest of aches
we can do nothing
but feel.

the stars of tonight will forever
burn themselves into
the back of our throats, buried

but there when called upon. This
is not lost on us as we watch
the break of a new dawn illuminate
an era eterna

Dunes

a song is muffled under
the weight
of thousands of tons of sand
under the weight
rocks break
and on the limestone, I lay
listening to the night

You cannot see your hands
before you, but they are orange.
stained from the dust
that coats the wild dog’s fur.

you, small and skinny,
misplaced your desert lover:
vulpine and wily

you found your way
halfway across the planet
sink with me in deserted dunes

deep beneath the desert’s moon.

Move-in Day

The breeze carries sticky caramel sweat
through long summer days with no lunches
I have packed up all of my
old worlds and have brought it for you

tales of youth spoken
through long-dried acrylic color
chemical stories stored for good
on yellowing canvas

move-in day is unearthing
unnerving revisits to past lives in
past homes
we expected her long ago
but she came not until July
she came when she knew we were ready
prepared in the mid-summer heat
to confront pasts—burn old blood
iron wrought purges and starting anew

I have a new home today
ink ribbon smearing ivory cloth
curtains pull open to a new street
I breathe new air

this is welcoming myself home