Twice as bright

I didn’t burn bright enough


I was the half lights of dusk and dawn

the frosted light through curtains

you were the midday sun

the window open wide


I was the light slipped under the door

like a letter

you were the skylight

drenching us with sun


you wanted the lit magnesium

staining your retinas

I wanted the breath

blushing the embers


I didn’t want to burn twice as bright

for half the life

I wanted to smoulder

long into the night


I offered instead

the whisper of a candle

you had no use for my threads of smoke

to keep us sewn together


I wanted the glow of primroses

from the shadows

the blue ring of gas flames

warming our food


you wanted the flames

to learn a new dance

leap higher everyday

go beyond sashaying


to consume everything

including the shadows






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