THE OLIFACTORY

And I remember
Nestled in the corner
Of his neck
How good he smelled.

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MEMO RE: A CAFFEINATED SPARK

Subways and crashing waves and cicadas were the soundtrack

To nights spent under trees and stars and skyscrapers

Where cold hands clutched colder hands

And Instagrammed memories seared onto my soul.

He guided me away from past associations

And led me back to my wild heart

Yet through it all we remained unable to attain

A full sense of each other as one.

And so it went

Ripped apart, a holy day,

Then loose ends tied back together.

Ancient paths lay between us and

Fate’s strings led our swift birth and slow death as

We were created to destroy

Old ties and birth new beginnings and

To take one another to grand heights and new lows.

And though it is true that now

My heart is with another, his arms around one too

I still wonder if I will ever lose this taste

Of my mouth wondering why covenants cannot be broken.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE?

I wonder what it was like inventing romance;
to be the first to put your hand in someone else’s;
to touch a bit of their life;
to invent holding hands.

I wonder what it was like to first think,
“What if we held each other for a short period of time?”
to invent hugging.

I wonder what it was like to first wonder,
“What would happen if I put my mouth to yours?”
to invent kissing.

I wonder what it was like to feel so strongly about someone that you figure you love them;
to invent pouring your heart out.

I wonder what it was like to be the catalyst behind art of so many different forms.
to have invented love.

HEARTFELT

I can’t see it

because I don’t feel it

and because I don’t feel it

I can’t show it

but you can’t feel it

because I don’t show it

and because I don’t show it

you can’t make it be.

But if thoughts could be bounced back and forth

without ever having to say anything

and if you could roam the depths of my brain

and if you could peer into the lowest bits of my heart

you would see what you needed

and hear what you wanted

and feel what you require

and it would, and it could, and it should

happen.