Two Hearted Ash

I want to write about the streaming sun
that gives way to diamond tipped
kite strings,
about skies with moon shaped clouds
and cloud shaped moons,
about things that make you wistful,
about things that make you smile,
but this night,
oh, but this night,
see the soot from his fingers crawl up my arms,
a Janus with two mouths,
one pollinating the stars,
one conjuring murky storms,
I would make place for you
under this blanket of darkness
where hip and limb and temptation
commingle in the molten black
and whisper to you of old improbabilities
until dawn burns the words on my lips,
but you ask about the mountains
about love and tomorrow,
tell me how you can separate
one from the other in this inky void,
a moment, a petal, a fragrance
everything flutters in one breath of this night
you talk about things that make you shine,
every shade from lantern glow to incandescence,
but the empty page is the colour of my tongue,
I am two hearted ash from this stygian flame,
one pleading for your light,
one drowning you in the pitch.

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36 thoughts on “Two Hearted Ash

  1. one pleading for your light,
    one drowning you in the pitch.

    One can’t win it all where feelings and emotions stir beneath. It has to be a question of how trusting can the relationship take. Great word craft Thots!

    Hank

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  2. you talk about things that make you shine,
    every shade from lantern glow to incandescence,
    but the empty page is the colour of my tongue,
    I am two hearted ash from this stygian flame,
    one pleading for your light,
    one drowning you in the pitch.

    This is soo beautiful! Such fiery longing in these lines ❤️

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  3. Such a fluid description of the conflict between heart and mind, yes and no, stay or go, to be or not. And that really big one between want and need. Both very poetic and artistic, yet completely and honestly human. Hats off to you,

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth. Exactly what I was trying to write about…some relationships do leave us conflicted and we keep searching for reasons… and answers.

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