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impulses must be examined
rejected
delegated
stored
or acted upon immediately
like sparks blowing into the sky
on a cold winter evening
in las vegas
new mexico
with two friends
talking quietly about the stars
the journey ahead
and love
mostly loss
mostly dark spots of pain
lingering
long after the flight has been tamed
and fight
restrained
and this moment
this very moment
if we can listen
capture
love wide and hard
can become a bright memory
to examine
in time
as a high note
in a symphony of sorrow
loss
economic and spiritual collapse
i reach back to you
no longer seeking comfort
or interactions
with others
me
in hopes
a reawakening of energy
is forthcoming
warm
and
full of lazy afternoon naps
entwined like vines
loneliness
just out of frame
hearts feel the danger
before our minds
can adjust
our narrative
and
it
is

gone

11-28-2023

i am the poet of desire by john oakley mcelhenney

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