khoda hafez

Wading through water
Knee deep, lukewarm
Jeans rolled up
Past her thighs

The pre-sunset sunlight
Shimmers off
The droplets of fresh
Perspiration on her shoulders

The haunted ebb and flow
Of dark and mysterious waters
Holding her
Down

And what was she holding onto
But this weak anchor
Of small talk
And broken promises

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salve

sweep me away
from
here

place your hands
upon my eyes,
take my hand

lift me up, far
above
here

lace your fingers
between
mine

wrap me up
in arms
that speak

the words unspoken

arms which may
seal up the cracks
that only the moonlight
has seen

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words

I kept all the words,
Every single one you said

Some of them a gift,
Some as heavy as lead

I kept all the words,
I wrapped them in gold

I thought I might need them
When the winds would go cold

I sift through the words,
Every single one you said

They ricochet and they resonate
Off the walls of my head

At once I believed them,
These words that were said

But I see that they bewitched me
To believe something else

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imbroglio

The lone woman
Sits on the highest mountain peak
She has found

The climb
Though perilous
Provided her little
Trouble

She sits on the peak
On a rocking chair
She has built
Out of promises and stone

Others seek to join
Her
But few
Make the climb

And those who do,
She fashions them
Rocking chairs of a similar variety

But little by little,
They cut her down

And little by little
Her smiles turn
Upside down

They continue to cut
She continues to drown

But the last time they cut her,
she bleeds no more

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Four C

Fourteen hours later
And
I still haven’t moved

The sun was out briefly
Today
But I kept my curtains
Shut

All day

I thought about washing my face
Multiple times

It washed itself though,
I still haven’t moved

-

it’s always the same equation
in my head:
expectation = 0
reality = -1

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dumb’s the word

The girl dressed in black
Smiles, then turns back
Facing the space she’s adopted
As home

I’m learning not to care,
She says
It messes with my hair,
She says

She settles her thoughts
Smiles, and says no more

She’s let go of expectation,
Says it causes her too much
Vexation

Then with a leap and a skip
She disappears into wonderland
Through the revolving door

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proof

nobody stood on the city bridge
sees more than I do tonight

or perhaps that’s what I think

lady luck lays happy,
underneath a street lamp

with a heave of reluctance,
muscle man lies next to her

while he lies his way
into another sweet session of
small
talk

nobody stood on this side of the bridge
hears more than I do tonight

whisper, chant, proclamation;

‘you’ve been left behind again’

louder now,
‘you’ve been left behind
- again

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