sleep had frozen her eyes,

pulling away a draft between them

limbs stretched unwound

gleaming wounds had healed,

away from window awake,

bathroom without light

under sink cupboard with bleach and mouthwash

a bottle of bourbon in reserve,

pushed door to a crack

sat on a closed toilet seat

without that gaping void beneath his backside

sipping from the bottle,

put a hand in his shorts

rolled his penis between thumb and forefinger

damp from her

and sniffed,

faint lights illuminated heart,

head twisted sideways located tissue

shame to dab away,

as if removing her fluid,

her scent it would all end,

four years together,

she had guided him through a dry silence

concentration and love filled

earth and sky

as a solitary he would be unable to dance

and lament in lengthy boredom,

instead he stopped

stood lifting seat

dropped tissue in

pissed a long stream on continuity,

bourbon safely away,

new swarms changed names of thoughts,

into the bedroom

sprawled uneven she lay

at the window clutched the moon

and drew it back in

to be with them

a smile softer than his lips normally allow,

then settled alongside her

freeverse, poetry , poem


  1. Grace says:

    Very nice ending, I like it 🙂

  2. A very real look at life…a bit seamy yet tender.

  3. ManicDdaily says:

    Very beautiful poem – so many fluids and voids and wounds and re-settlings. A lovely cadence, and the intimacy is very real, soft – and the kind of inadequacy one feels in simply being human and especially in being loved is very palpable. k.

  4. claudia says:

    ah i’m glad he found the one with her that made him find life again

  5. zongrik says:

    this is VERY adult in so many ways.

    i like the pun with the crack. the gleaming wounds probably has more than one meaning too.

    high tech toilet power

  6. brian miller says:

    well now…that def had grit…and shock value…rather like the closing witht he moon clutched in the window drawing in on them…

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