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  12797.     

the parting...

let the parting be as formal as
an invitation card
let the date be specific
the rituals well defined
let us forgo the waving of the hands
try the flying kiss as you embark
on a trip
back grounded by the deep honk of
the boat
let it be said
there are no final goodbyes
just like
temporary hellos
people change and like the seasons
follow the cycle of
here and now
and see you later

as the iguanas shed off their skins
so must we in our beliefs
in pain we molt but in due time
we are smooth again
rebounding
 
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  12798.     

the parts in relation to the whole

the parts in relation to the whole are hard to muster
i get lost somehow
confused on this seemingly unrelated part to another part
like seeing the legs of this millipede
when it would have been easier to think of it
as a worm,

i remember being lost in a forest of trees
wild growing trees where i can no longer figure out the shape
of a single leaf
because it is too dark
and damp

too many little things, too many details, that hinder us
from grasping the wholeness of
things
and people and daily events,

i get tired of all these, parts and parts and parts and some more
miniatures of parts, a letter to the word,
speaking in cut phrases

how can i ever understand this and that?

show me the whole
be whole to me as i am whole to you
touch the parts later
relate it always to me

this love is whole, it was never meant to be chopped
like some garlic and onions
this love is an apple that you see and pick from the tree
take it first
in its appleness, then start to bite

every part is sweet, every part is me,
this love

this me, this whole world is me
it must be first to you

then love becomes us.
 
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  12799.     

the party is over

when the party is over
you will be alone again
on some leftovers
and stained mantels
empty wine glasses
with some respect
for drops unconsumed
tables with some
morsels and crumbs

her perfume
sticking to the curtains
his smoke
clinging to glass
ash trays

the feigned affections
cliched by this
outdated display
of overused hugs
and kisses

the laughter that
reverberates
practically nothing

when they all leave
one by one like
trickles of moderate
rains

you are still asking
about your relevance

you are very drunk
and so you sleep
 
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  12800.     

the passing away of orange shades

you gather symbols
the metaphors confuse you but just the same
you take a stone, a rose, a knife

chunks of clouds for a dinner
of loneliness
the night appears like a steel pipe
singing the songs of the winds
on empty holes

the rust are many and the powder of
regrets stumble upon the circular edge
of day

south of the moon's directions
against the coldness of the walls
you listen for something that you do not like to hear
you grapple for the touch
of looseness
dripping sounds from the bottom of
the orange sun sinking on the line of
black horizon

until you see nothing but the humming of the soul
inside your brain
nothing seems significant
except the murmur

that old murmur that becomes a chant
to survive the havoc of the day

you paint a sigh using some
fixtures of the firmaments dissolving while a meteor passes away
 
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