For One Moment, You Shone Like All the Stars

[14 October 2019]

But why, why do you say
that this is all there was, and
nothing more? Your hair,

your skin, your voice pull
something deep and primal out of me,
stir the waters, interlace

your fingers behind my head
and draw me in.

Ocean, tide pulling
_______________ and me towards

Moon, stooped low over
_______________ and sunsets

One day I’ll tell you what it’s like to forget, or at least to be forgotten.

Mad. Mad mixture of men. And marshwater.
You saw it, didn’t you? You saw this.
You see the future with those hard,
gentle eyes spread out
laid out in between my two palms.
I buried you. I feel you move underneath.

Sunsets over the _______________.
Shooting blanks. Fill in the blanks
with whatever seems to make the best story.
You’ve already seen me, crowned and
_______________ under the light of the
heavenly bodies swimming in the ocean
in your eyes and in the palm of your hands.
You can’t forget that easily. The way your
hand felt when you _______________ has
already permeated my skin and become a part of who I am.

Like Hyacinthus, we shed our skin, making room for something new.
Like Hyacinthus, we shed our skins.
Like Hyacinthus, we _______________.

7 responses to “For One Moment, You Shone Like All the Stars”

  1. tara caribou avatar

    good god this is wonderful

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar
  2. orkidedatter avatar

    Nathan… run… I gonna hunt you forever…you are too good for me… WOW❤️
    This is music in my mind🎶
    Take care my friend💜

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      No! I am not too good for you! You are so talented!

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        Thank you Nathan, you always fill my heart with joy.
        I am sorry for late answer but, been really busy lately…
        I hope you are well🌹

  3. Kristi K avatar

    Loved it

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much, Kristi! That means a lot!

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