#4. The way we burn

The fire in your eyes

ignites my own in ways that I

cannot comprehend.

my body aches for you when

we are apart, even for minutes.

And I do not know

how i will be able to “be”

without your presence.

A tanka and a haiku combination, because both separately are too short.

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#23. Tell Me Where The Hope Lives

You touch my cheek

and cup it in your

warm and big hands.

I lean into you

responding to your touch

after so long.

But I hesitate and

pull back.

Your hand doesn’t move

and I look at you.

Something in your expression

I think it was your eyes

makes me cry and smile

at the same time

and you pull me to you

hold me tight

and whisper a promise

in my ear.

“Never again.”

#27: Look for me in the stillness

I stare at the wall;

I’ve been staring at it for God knows how long.

For hours, months, years,

I can’t say because,

each time I look ta it,

you look different.

In every picture,

in every doodle that you and I

did together,

in every painting that you did,

in every charcoal sketch that I did.

Every tear that falls on the ground,

memories of you and me

are etched deeper into my soul.