Frog Prince

Smile so slight
it went unseen
brought back now
by stray memory
shared with delicate
what if

If then
why now
a croak of love
seeking a kiss
seal to preserve
some small happiness

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Long Last Legs

It’s work waking
when sleep is scarce
a candle burnt at both ends
mess of insufficient light

I’ve scraped enough wax
in the aftermath
to spot a meltdown
in a flame

Sputter gone stubborn
like an unleavened miracle
rising but barely
with what’s left of its light