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transform

can we say ‘x will happen tomorrow’
and be right or wrong — mean anything?
that which will happen will happen;
a thousand possibilities curled in a chrysalis
beating like a clock

» Posted By Jem Page On 11.16.2014 @ 7:05 pm

earrings

Standing at the sink, it’s hard
to listen to you sometimes,

gritting my teeth, talking,
the only thing sinking in

your cheap, gold earrings.

» Posted By Jem Page On 07.13.2014 @ 9:28 pm

collapse

stacked precariously,
these days begin to tower
waver
in the wind
we don’t choice when we
throw in the towel
fold,
collapse inward
like a dying flower

» Posted By Jem Page On 04.10.2014 @ 5:38 pm

prayer

clench hands
together, lowering
fingers link.

close your eyes,
pray
to meaning.

» Posted By Jem Page On 04.07.2014 @ 6:58 pm

gold

all treasure,
if left long enough.
becomes trash,
old.

all trash,
if melted long enough
becomes treasure,
gold.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.26.2014 @ 8:20 pm

repressed

suppressed,
repressed, next
depressed.

depths,
pressures,
being pressed

tests?

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.24.2014 @ 8:07 pm

active

use yourself your mind your body your soul

apathy entropy disuse decay

is sin

use me if you must

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.19.2014 @ 7:45 pm

forefront

all the referents, meanings
we don’t know where to find them
since we flipped the words, one by one
and found nothing behind them.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.17.2014 @ 7:35 pm

swimmer

“you’re a snowflake”
so unique
similar, yes but — special

not exactly.
more like water or,
better still,
one of many swimmers

all pulled by the same current
all heading downstream.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.13.2014 @ 9:55 pm

terrain

one
burnt and cracked
foot in front of the other
we walk
heavily,
hand in hand
to a place where
there is no rain

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.11.2014 @ 7:06 pm

grandfather

I suppose it’s natural, to somewhat regret
never meeting you:
you, with your wise eyes. White hair, black vest.
Though from what I’ve heard, it may be for the best:
A tyrant at worst; nice at best.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.06.2014 @ 9:51 pm

witnessed

Some time after I first saw you
and after seeing each other
for some time
I saw you
for the first time
and didn’t like what I saw.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.05.2014 @ 4:02 pm

hapless

Shame. I’ve never known how
or when to speak.

Staring at the floor, hatless.

Tactless. If I didn’t like you this
would have been much easier.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.04.2014 @ 3:59 pm

juvenile

forecast
moving forward
when talking to a client
always be forward
forward-thinking

using pictures, coloured bars
drop shadows
in meetings

grown men in suits
in need of a nap.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.03.2014 @ 5:56 pm

nonsense

Nothing spoken
Constant nonsense
None, nothing
White noise, crackling

Speak to me in a language
That I don’t just hear
But want to hear.

» Posted By Jem Page On 03.03.2014 @ 1:47 am

bowtie

I’m staring at my shoes
she’s staring at my eyes
‘I don’t want to lose you’
ties my chest in little bows.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.27.2014 @ 5:51 pm

occupancy

clear, glinting droplets drip
slide, drool down the glass
as the stare out windows —
stare out there — staring at
the world out there. squeaky
doors peel open they
pack themselves in like steers,
steers staring while I steer.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.26.2014 @ 11:27 pm

seated

Mr Oneword, quite unlucky
a teacher all along.
“Take your seats please”,
turned around — seats and students gone.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.25.2014 @ 8:36 pm

emperor

you there, out on the ocean’s end
— the frozen white and blue
I’d happily live so cold, dear friend
— to be as free as you

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.23.2014 @ 11:08 pm

compensate

Cold on diving in,
pleasant to feel it getting warmer. Still,
swimming against the current is harder
than getting out of the water.

**

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.20.2014 @ 4:33 pm

Cold on diving in,
pleasant to feel it getting water. Still,
swimming against the current is harder
than getting out of the water.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.20.2014 @ 4:31 pm

talon

Life is a ledge, isn’t it?
Digging our talons deep
in the cliff edge.

We grip, claw. Scrambling not to fall.
But maybe letting go is living
(not death at all).

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.18.2014 @ 2:19 pm

trifle

sweet and seductive,
I love your layers
at least, at first glance that’s
what I could see.

deliciously fitting that you might
trifle with my time

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.17.2014 @ 9:43 pm

spiral

they say opposites attract
pull together, push apart
there’s a certain elasticity
in the way we speak

that stings when it snaps
and sends us spinning
round and round in cold
silent spirals

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.11.2014 @ 8:15 pm

cinema

though a bad first date decision
we went, wound up home late.
now old, back here together
hands held, looking away.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.04.2014 @ 6:55 pm

unkempt

pull yourself together
straighten the collar
adjust the tie

stare at yourself in the mirror,
there.

thrust yourself into your reflection
shatter yourself into your many parts.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.03.2014 @ 3:52 pm

progressive

One foot in front of the other
walk into the sun

don’t turn around
don’t spin back and see

parts of you go backwards
We rise as we recede.

» Posted By Jem Page On 02.02.2014 @ 6:10 pm

unplanned

stupid we set off,
kiss them goodbye
sunglasses in a blizzard
staring into the sky

chance is a rope
pull it well
we push ourselves to the light
end up in hell

» Posted By Jem Page On 01.28.2014 @ 6:28 pm

doubled

eye to eye, sleep
go head to head
weekly,

weakly.
part and depart
re-appear

weaker, sleep
doubled over.

» Posted By Jem Page On 01.27.2014 @ 4:03 pm

apprehend

sleepless nights
in dressing gowns
freedom is a right?
tie me down

» Posted By Jem Page On 01.27.2014 @ 2:53 am

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