Monthly Archives: December 2014

Parts of Speech

I know what it is not.
And sometimes,
the best way to define something
is by saying what it isn’t.
But I hope that when I finally see it,
I’m able to recognize it
for what it is.

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Restricted

Few things make me
more uncomfortable
than a
public declaration
that ought to have been
declared privately
first.

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Dust to Dust

The first fancied himself
a patient white knight.
The enlightened boy
rode straight into a battle
that was already ending —
victory had gone.

The second was a businessman
who traveled, traveled, traveled,
always looking but never finding
what had been in front of him
for the last time already.

The third was a ghost, or a dream,
or maybe a fantasy.
He was always fading at the edges,
always one step behind the present,
stuck firmly in the mud of the past.

They say death comes in threes.

“What good is a leap of faith,” she told me,
“if you have a safety net?”

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Three turns should do it, I think.

In all the times I’ve watched Prisoner of Azkaban,
I never noticed
that during each use of the time-turner,
there is a faint
tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock
hidden in the background music,
reminding them that time marches on.
This time, I heard it.

Now, I hear it, too —
tick-tock. tick-tock. —
ever so faint.

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Clocks

The spiky-haired
golden blond
with the wine-stained lips
and the tendency
to over-analyze
and over-indulge
and over-do it
became
a long-and-curly-haired
cool-shade blond
with the bright red lipstick
and the tendency
to read too much,
and drink too much (coffee),
and laugh too loud —
for now, anyway.

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