• Vol. 07
  • Chapter 04
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City Blue

The sky, so clear, defined your silhouette
as the wild ocean rains deposited into puddles
found themselves disturbed by only your boots.

I was wittering about something or another
chattering to fill the solitude in your eyes
as yawning chasms of maritime industry

thrummed like the nightclubs just out of sight.
You asked me where I'd be sleeping that night.
"With you,'' I wanted to say, but didn't.

Instead I brought up our moral balance sheet,
red and black, equations weighted cell on cell
trying to calculate what you might want.

The streetlights created another you
and another me, living down in the potholes
of the road we couldn't navigate. My reflection

almost smiled as I poured all my heart out.
You looked pained. "Sure,'' upside-down-you
cringed politely. "Like I said, I love you too.''

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