Treasure Island

Mandolyn ...

good-bye woke up and said hi

i've locked myself
defending my eyes
from the light outside-
your headache doesn't split
as fast as mine,
nor does it pull the covers up
the hoodie down
my lap is empty
and has been for years-

no bouncing baby
to kiss and feed, to watch grow up again
phones don't ring
this time of year
we watch fire flies live
until morning
and say it's yesterday
then we go to bed-

my heart hasn't agreed
to show up yet
but i'm sweet talking it;
your hands would help
on the banjo
the piano
anything that makes it dance
the way it did
last time you fiddled
me into a song-

we stretched out the moon
you sang in your sleep
the humidity moved
on my skin-

the beat
has slowed down
since then
no glowing sand,
or summer hand
has survived in trying to wake it

Submitted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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