Forget Again

If I wanted it to end like this
it would end
a truth obvious and unpleasant
and all alone

To love you
a selfishness indulged at length
to leave you
a selfishness indulged in brief

Were I capable of conclusions
I would draw one
from the endings I know already
those bleak words

Lucky for us
my memory isn’t all that
lucky for me
the forgetting is mutual


Loofah Optional

Peeling back kisses
like skin saturated with sun
given time to set
history with edge translucent

To remove is to relive
to relive is to relove
to find what I’m willing
to forget for you

Easy at first
when infatuation drives fingers
replacements made room for
as lust requires

It’s the afterwards that’s of interest
the spaces once saved
now negotiable
ready perhaps for the sun


Collector of lonelies
incapable of being alone
will be missed
with all the rest
and yesteryous

Got enough empty
for us
self sieved
to be sown
we can forget

Pauper’s Pea

dappled now
with practiced shrug
to sit it right

Your princess
in another castle
my coffee cup waits

To sell salvation
with words you’re fed
without meaning

I’ll sleep just fine
belly full
from found delicacy


a distant smell
left in mid Midwest
with you

It surprised you
that I remembered
when I claim to forget

Lies of abundance
curling at the edges
as the flame
overflows the cup

The Answer

I think you
and your words appear
a coincidence cultivated
by thinking you often

in the interim
I’ve been forgotten
a margin exaggerated

Altruistic negligence
my love at arms length
an abstract offering
made of me

I’m there for you
all you have to do is ask
question unknown
the story so far


I’d miss you more
if I could
love you more
if there were a way
to measure the meaning
of more

Qualitatively consume me
if it makes merit
feed on flesh
that sings your praise
I’ll lop a different love off
if you ask

Letters I’ve written
on what this love is like
I’d send them daily
if it made a difference
if it’s what you need

You said I was stupid
and I agreed
incapable of loving you more
whatever that means
incapable of loving you less
if only