Promise

It flutters like a hummingbird
rapid and delicate
beating against my ribcage
in an attempt to escape
and fly to you
across an ocean.

It chains me to my notebook
demanding ink be
spilled on paper
until words no longer hold meaning
and I run out of thoughts
exhausted.

It pulls me from the ground
making me float
among the clouds and stars
letting me kiss the moon goodnight
as I am lulled to sleep
by the song sung by the wind.

It is a promise
to be there as soon as I can
as long as I can
and the start of a
future with you
both terrifying and wonderful
to begin in a city
an ocean away from
what has always been my home.

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Plucking Petals

He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me
He loves me not
and so on
plucking petals
from a posy
asking a question I
already know the answer to
asking it to the
flowers he gave me
African violets
tucked in my hair
behind my ear
soft and velvety
He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me

File Under “Interesting”

There’s something that
draws me to you
A resemblance to him
or perhaps the way you
dress and talk
It’s not romantic
I still love him
Sometimes
the times I
miss him most
I think how much
easier it would be
if I could
love you instead
But I
made a promise
that I
intend to keep
so I’ll mark you
“interesting”
and try to
keep you near
And on the nights I
don’t stop talking
about him
I hope you don’t mind
my being
in love with him

Divertimento No. 1 in Light English

Devertimento
sounds like
diversion
and that’s what music is
for most
An escape
a release
a distraction
from the rest of life
So as I sit
and analyze Mozart’s
Divertimento No. 12
in E-Flat Major
I look for a
diversion
from this divertimento
already a diversion itself
and I find it
in poetry
a diversion for me
much like music
is for most
letting language
string together
in skips and runs
my Divertimento No. I
in Light English
No masterpiece
but perhaps
just a pleasant
diversion