The Same Imaginary Place

It’s vacant
for the moment
white walls and cheap carpet
a number of square feet
I’ll manage to forget
every time it leaves your lips

I liked it
the moment you liked it
started to see our future
for now

You walked me through
where everything belonged
let me borrow space
in the palm of your hand
that place
I am happy to call home



I read our ending
returned to that well
of neatly packaged sentiment
dredging non-existent sediment
I still expect to find

Love preserves itself
past stated expiration
or so I’ve begun to speculate
a thin film of memory
clinging to where you left off
hoping only to remain


Half a smile and the crusts
you wouldn’t let me throw away
love you maintained
would sit right with the birds

It went bad a few weeks back
neither of us culpable
for forgetting the forgotten bits
rot contained by bin of bread

Smile salvaged for the future
moments I might need you
memories slow to digest
growing better with age

Free Masons

All we were
was excess
love leftovers
failed preserves

Paraffin burns
on our fingers
seals broken
before they set

We ate of each other
too greedily
drunk of each other
too deep

Famished future
too much more
than enough
of not you


I’ll take tomorrow’s smile today
if it’s all the same to you
withdraw what I can
while I can

I love best in future tense
moments planned pedantically
to please me
and if I’m lucky you

Grand gesture
for the cost of a smile
investment in an idyll dream
come true

Memory Trip

Let it bleed for a bit
before the washing
the peroxide
looked forward to bubbles
sentimental sting

Careless existence
remembered but briefly
rough smear of cells
opened in error
this time round

Messy business
this thing we’re doing
forgetting the taste
of ourselves
absent fear

Beyond Recall

She was my smile
far from my face
happiness detached
made proxy

I’d still give the okay
as I remember less
love more a love
I no longer know

Better someone
than featureless me
beard made empty nest
still awaiting roost