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Kingdom

May you wake without the ache
and be a stranger to the reservation
smothering positive expectation
May your spirit carry on the wind
and ride the gentle stream
may your heart, buoyant,
light and unburdened
Dare -once more- to dream.

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Passage

Baby face
Oh how the lines have travelled
from dimple to crease
to split that peach
from the stone
Not unlike the cold
Hard, plastic bodies
of a childhood expectation
I grew to know
and never know
or the catcalls
Unsought, unspent
When breasts no bigger
than chicken eggs
there came a passage
A vision of red
to deliver the sinning
and leave only regret.

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Grudges

An empty bottle of wine
you wave the cigarette smoke and say
“You really need to get over it.”

It burns deep; rises quickly
to my throat, crammed
with desperate protest

It shouted its intention
to hurt, to wound
to get one up

Wouldn’t dare show it then
but the blood soaked
out on my wedding dress

and I’m offended
of your suggestion
to forgive and forget

Easy to stand tall
when the hurt is on
somebody else

But I know comfort
in backlash
patient, patiently

On your Day
I’ll bleed you out
for the memory –

Imagine me, tangerine
The Minx unleashed!
like a fist in the face.

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