10 shades of blue

1.
veins
thinner than breath
or whispers
spread like cake batter
on a newborn’s
eyelid.

 

2.
clichés,
like the sky.
or messages burning
in cellphone light
from someone
you think you might
love. maybe.


3.
swimming.

4.
a girl a bird an aeroplane or god
painting a picture:
the veins of a city
fallen in snow.
bright and asking for attention
like a bruise or
a girl.

5.
losing.
again.

6.
lungs spilled on the bathroom floor
spurting with lack.
hollowed space where someone once
lived but just moved
out.
so swift
as if expelling air from lips
clasped together
with too much to say.
so easy
as the closing of a door
the soft click
ringing in the chest
underneath your echoing footsteps, loud.
the pulse does not stop.
though no air is left
and love passed away
dream-like
with the clouds
when you were not looking
down at your messages.

7.
meditation.

8.
laughter lodged
in the voicebox.
the color “no”.
ink staining everything
unsaid. whispers
tangled up in the tear
duct. never poured out
nowhere but
on the phone.

 

9.
a duvet never warmed.
a mass of dream
skimmed
by the seagull.
an ocean
left to warm
in the sun.

10.
me, and
a little you.

 

Artwork by Claude Monet, “Water Lilies”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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