Leaning into the Afternoons

braided

will you meet me?
I want to lie with you
on the moist summer grass
of the hilly graveyard
beneath the keyhole stars
above dim bodies braided with the earth

I know a place that can be seen
from no …

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Entendre

Fuck me, she says,
And it’s not an exclamation
It’s a plea

Fuck me feels good
In love’s true light
It’s not like it’s forbidden

Fuck can be such a hateful word
But she’s my Love
Trying that name on …

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alure

early hours
Mara has come and gone

in her wake whisps of autumns past
or promises of forsaken futures
seeds of the soul regardless

beyond my fence i tread softly
quietly
on the beds of those before

words etched in …

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Baltimore Maybe

Do you remember the drive through the valley?
That deafening silence coming back from the Bay?
How could I know that would be our finale?
A heart full of dreams hid a will made of clay

And I wish I’d …

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Breathe You

Help me. Spread my table.
I’ve been trying but I’m just not able.
There’s so much left inside,
So very much we’ve been trying to hide.
Life gets pretty heavy and I wish it was light,
But after all I …

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secret song

(Birmingham, 2007)

the clouds in your eyes remind me of how i feel
the river will rise on all the secrets i conceal
i’m following you, somehow i’ve fallen so far behind
and lately i feel i’d rather not believe …

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my town

Alabama, 1993

she bit my lip
as if she’d been caught in the act
in the single-wide, Magnolia white trailer
with the missing window
lined up with the rest
in rows like the houses
where i grew up
(but not …

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