There is a gentleness in you

There is a gentleness in you

 

the settling of a piano

the last ripple

fades on the shore

a violin from within the walls

answering your stillness

memory scratches fire

out of the dark

stitched with smoke

kisses soft as moths

but bruises big and

dark as plums

 

there is a brokenness in you

pianos full of ash

you crumble sparrows

in your hands

the edge of their feathers

flare bright

as fresh cuts

 

the autumn trees

fireworks trickling slow

tiny bubbles

of coloured breath

settling not ascending

air treacle-thick

clear as glass

 

the breath of the sun

frosts the window

smudges it’s nose

looking in

watching you

shatter quietly

 

 

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