#OctPoWriMo Day 15




Thirst


I like fade-ins, a time
to pause, catch a
processing breath

a face just out of frame,
in a reflection, so familiar,
like you, in the shadows

of the movie screen;
in film we could loosen
our grip on sorrow

find a shallow to
drop anchor in —
here, in the temporary

is never any good,
within a heart is cruel —
ask mine how it’s doing,

watch it shatter in grief
from the dockside of Heaven,
I’m praying that you’re there

rising up out of some ocean
after a new revelation
latches us together

tugboats, pulsing through
a chalky stream,
our good intentions

staving off nightmares,
when your disappearance
was terrible enough

I’m lifted up
on abundant waters,
diving deep for relief

I think these waves
are trying to
tell me something

they mimic
the train’s rolling
from your last holiday


Note: Couldn’t really come up with anything new today. I’ve been working & re-working this one for a while, so here it is. Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film, Thirst. The photo is from the film.





Published by Jennifer Patino

Poet.

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