to safety

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


my heart races in its tepid cage,

the rapid eye blinks and the trembling fingers

the only bespoken evidence subsisting

with the overlay of general dearth to cover.

i hopped in the volvo, navy blue (the car)

and flew over the speedbumps, deep black (my spirit).

we arrived late in the night, exhausted and sad,

thirsty, like a spider plant wilted in the sun.

you’ve been abused, you said.

you need healing, you said.

there were general intentions set

to call counselors, rest, heal.

but then you held me at arms length

and told me that first,

i needed to get right with God.

my eyes leaking, so weary, red (my anger),

i cast about for safety.

i thought I was there.


Submitted: September 04, 2018

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