#118 (involuntary companion)


I was craving

the heavy scent of lilacs

waiting out a snowstorm

soon to be slush

listening to

my steady heart

creating its calming rhythm

lurking in between the beats

was the tiniest dissonance

 keeping all the lights on

while you were away

as if the dim glow

could replace your presence

the scent of your face looming

behind every door

absence made

my heart beat faster

while the flurries kept repeating

their story of ephemeral white

 a single culver was hiding out

on my window still

tiny head, red-ringed eyes

sheltered by ruffled wings

squeezing against the cold glass

it became my involuntary companion

for one winter’s night

*January 15th 2017


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