Love blooms in unexpected places
Poking through cracks it fills up the spaces
In splintered barns and forest floors
Where there is no opening it creates doors
It grows in dirt and in the air
And is the essence of a prayer
We see it in the smiles of unknown faces
Tis the heart of love the world embraces
Pursed lips of satisfaction smack across her face.
You hold your breath to make more space
when you don’t know what you’re up against.
Then your back rakes splinters from the fence.
You flail your arms as the walls come crowding in.
It’s a losing battle when the queen calls war;
padlocks and chains bolt the door.
Truth sits hidden beneath the throne
of a heart unyielding as a stone.
She cuts you down with words
while smiling at those who pass her by.
Pursed lips of satisfaction smack across her face
as she struts around like she owns the place.
Will the guard come to chop off your head?
Can he sleep where he makes his bed?
It’s a losing battle when the queen calls war
You wonder what you are really here for?
Poison apple sits in your stomach;
you know exactly what you’re up against.
From rusted splinters of familiarity
into clouds of hesitation,
we drift, fall, and rise again.
Forever shaping life and limb,
we journey through vapors of love and loss.
Breath and time dangle in suspension.
At the moment of connection,
we live in the pause.
A single thread weaves the light
piercing darkness and opening the night.
Shivering bones cannot sleep while in wait.
We are but minnows on the line, simply bait.
Time and worry etch lines across our faces
as we force our hearts into empty spaces.
Blood weeps in pain. We regain.
Sun always returns after the rain.
Explanations go round and round
Like a circular saw
Blade cutting through matter
Over and over
Until it doesn’t matter anymore
Dust flies, covering our souls
Slowly suffocating, we rise enough
To poke a hole for breath
Sideways thinking doesn’t always mesh
But it sands us into a temporary place
We adhere and shine like lacquer,
Tough enough to take life’s punches
As we whittle the days away