Tracy Galloway
Michigan

I Cannot Stay Here

I cannot stay here
Where your ghosts are tossed about
In a sour sad array
Groaning blame
Splayed out cold on bitter beds
For my display

I cannot feel you
When the windows rattle closed
And the frost creeps to your lips
Cracking throat
Heavy breath wont change the course
Of sinking ships

I cannot keep you
For the fists you dare to curl
Veiled in folds of nervous pause
Pressing finger
Over mouth to quell the choke
You rise to cause

I cannot live here
Under guise of passing joy
While the walls burn with your hiss
You tend the trail
Of desperation leading hatred
To your kiss

I cannot mend you
At the seam of your distrust
Or hem the burden brushing ground
Lest you trip
Mind the dagger in the silence
You have found
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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