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Streetlights
 

My phosphorescent midnight truths swing
and rap against each other like mismatched
sneakers, knotted together and slung
over your telephone wire.

Everything I know dangles from the way you
communicate with the crumpled leaves
and sidewalk trash that you try so hard not to step on.
You pick everything up as if with chopsticks
and are so careful
not to dent a single tiny treasure in your life.

The neon road signs reflecting off the concrete
make you laugh and burn and you
begin to lean in for the weirdest nighttime kiss.

A kiss that shouts and echoes into the beautiful back alley
A kiss that pounds the earth and whispers broken promises
like sighs into your pillow.
A kiss that shakes and dances like footsteps on faces
and faucets and fingernails.

A kiss that tastes like the knowledge that we will someday die.

I want you to untie your shoes and drag your laces
over every sidewalk pheromone in a five-block radius
and through the hidden places I stop to think of you.

I want you to find a fence somewhere and keep it warm
so that someday I can climb up its planks
and peer into your battered backyard secrets.

I want to walk for midnight miles
after the taillights and footsteps disappear,
and I want to replace the nighttime shades of gray
with the colors you’ll use to paint your first child's bedroom.

I’ll walk with you like streetlights.
My legs heavy, wired and rooted
and I’ll wait for you at every corner
so I can beam down and be your shiny fractured presence.

And whenever you look over your shoulder
I’ll dot the places you’ve already been
with quiet little memories of all
the treasures we found.
Like orchid benches and silent songs,
crossword puzzle pages, and innocent mistakes.

And we will share a cigarette like
tiny late night kisses
we'll set the empty road on fire
and pierce the darkness like streetlights.

By TuneOfYourDeath

© 2008 TuneOfYourDeath (All rights reserved)

 

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