Theory of Change

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sometimes what's given can't be returned, and you learn to be ok with that.

Submitted: May 17, 2018

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Theory of Change

 

Here’s a precondition: I am not in love with you

 

pre-dawn fires burn in their fields of jasmine and agrimony

 

Here’s a long term goal: I will be

 

when there is little to be done to hold back a sea

still we try, the sandbags of our bodies

holding back, damning the water

 

Here’s an intervention: your hands on mine and your teeth bared

 

this should mean happiness

Here’s a precondition: my eyes cannot see behind the tangents of your bodies.

 

octagonal, the points of the horizon blend until their shifts the sky

coalescing into the shapes of horses running

until the thrumming hoofbeats are left echoing in my heart

 

Here’s a breakdown: the possibility of love is improbable, but not impossible

 

dreaming of dragons doesn’t come with the side effect of spitting fire, however

 

Here’s a precondition: changing hearts cannot wait for shifting identities to find the right shape

i am not a dragon lost in smoke, nor a fire burning

the sky changes but the colors lose the shape of once-blue

whereas my skin is dripping and my eyes damn myself heartful

 

Here’s the crux:

my hands in your hair, hands, mouth

your lips on my knuckles, steaming

twelve limbs twisting and finding purchase in a too small bed

 

Here’s the reality:

bodies lying side by side by side

bodies touching but not entwining

bodies loving but not in love

 


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