Poem 86

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To the Women
and to the Men.

I learned a great deal about situations

in front of your moving lips
beneath the under-breaths

beside the weight of your backlash
under the shadow of your falling hands

watching your laughter
mimicking your pretend.

Here’s to you, the women
and to the men of my life.

Cheers for the scars that line my heart
stitches that failed to sew

the pieces back together again.

Let the shame fall on this sinful self
betrayed by foolishness

the naivety of youth.

Here’s to you, the women
and to the men of my life.

Thank you.

velajune2016

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