WALKING

By expatriate

I walk a lot these days
Sometimes I reach to put my arm
Around the empty place you left.
I walk through the bright steel night
Where stars peek with acetylene beaks
Glistening through the black canopy
Like flaming wicks.
I walk until the horizon pales
And paints the hills with pastel glory.
The hills then come into full view
Fitting into one another like lovers
And I am in awe and whisper your name
Convinced that somehow, somewhere
You hear me.
 
Later, weary and aimless, I return to the city
With its Alps of tenements
And the church tower mouldy with moonlight
Spooky Sam selling crack on the corner
Fiercely watching his thick-legged whore
The fluorescent bus stop where a young girl was crying
And I try to remember
The doors we entered and beds we loved on
The gasps of completion, sweat on sweat
And profaning the word “forever.”
I carry wildflowers picked in the foothills
I remember you loved wildflowers.
I will give them to you one day
When our love comes home.

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Copyright 2016 expatriate
Published on Sunday, January 31, 2016.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • MorganaRose On Friday, July 29, 2016, MorganaRose (82)By person wrote:

    You use such vivid imagery and it strikes me at my core. There is a longing so palpable here in your words. This was...and still is...a consuming love.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, TropicalSnowstorm (1709)By person wrote:

    Great contrast in this one between the two sections...it also drives home the futility of wanting to return to a previous time, while the world continues to change and change and change with no regard to our memories, loves and passions. Very, very good and touching piece filled with wonderful, striking imagery! Ciao, T/S Scholar

  • A former member wrote: this poem proclaims loyalty so much, its endearing to read such awesome writing.-Mrk Scholar

  • expatriate On Sunday, February 21, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    Once again I need to say a most sincere thanks for giving of your time to read my words. I am extremely grateful.

  • Drea On Monday, February 1, 2016, Drea (1521)By person wrote:

    It's rare that someone new comes around with such words. Reading your work reminds me why I keep coming back here. I'm a fan.

  • expatriate On Monday, February 1, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    You're most kind. Thank you.

  • Nimue44 On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Nimue44 (348)By person wrote:

    Thanks for the vivid glimpse to your memories... an aesthetic simplicity I rather enjoyed. I live in Mexico too, finding you here is refreshing.

  • expatriate On Monday, February 1, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    Thank you for reading my work. I live in a small village in Coahuila.

  • lukejames15 On Sunday, January 31, 2016, lukejames15 (8)By person wrote:

    Very nice piece of work here it just oozes loyalty and sadness. This is rather inspiring thanks for sharing

  • expatriate On Monday, February 1, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    I appreciate your visit and the kind words you left behind.

  • lupus tenebrae On Sunday, January 31, 2016, lupus tenebrae (1028)By person wrote:

    Your imagery and diction do well to display the bittersweet notion of lost or distant love, how place memory lingers no matter how much time has passed...Nature's spendour, lost to the vacuum of a pining heart. You are fast becoming one of my new favourite poets around here, please, enjoy our humble community. Scholar

  • expatriate On Monday, February 1, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    I found your comments helpful and encouraging. I appreciate your visit.

  • Lab Rat On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Lab Rat (159)By person wrote:

    This speaks of dedication. Loyalty. Its somber, and gorgeously woven in its memory. I very much enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing it.

  • expatriate On Monday, February 1, 2016, expatriate (121)By person wrote:

    Thank you for reading. I sincerely appreciate your kind comments.

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