On the Floor of Your Apartment




On the Floor of Your Apartment

You tell me love
is the difference between
the green apple & the red,

but hunger makes me ignore
colors so I don’t see a difference
until you take a nibble from one

Those perfect pearls imprint
an enlightened message
on my fruit-thin flesh

When we go for walks,
we’re dreaming
We shiver home to kick out
nostalgic jams on vinyl,
& psychoanalyze
bleeding lyrics

The world is our backyard
& through the dying
& screaming
we giggle
because we like to believe
we’re stuck
in some semblance
of the good ole’ days

The times of Catholic veils
& kickball games,
of bruised knees
& muddy playgrounds

We ignore
current states
of animosity
& humanistic games,
bruised & battered hearts,
& filth floating
ghostlike on every
memorable street corner,
for this one perfect moment
when all that’s real
doesn’t mean anything anymore

The rain falls through
the open sky light
cleansing our naked souls
in the purity of innocence

Diamond droplets
dance on your eyelashes,
your tongue traces chapped lips,
& we keep our eyes open
when we kiss
to mirror images of each other,
as we conjure a different abyss

(2004)

Photo by Niklas Braun on Unsplash






Published by Jennifer Patino

Poet.

33 thoughts on “On the Floor of Your Apartment

  1. ❤️‍🔥 Glorious. You know what hit me hardest was “when all that’s real
    doesn’t mean anything anymore”. Here in 2022 this resonates at a frequency that didn’t even exist when this was written. Shows you how slippery interpretation is, but also how timeless when you read it again through a different lens. A great poem at any time.

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  2. Absolutely love the way you paint the world with words. Evokes feels that infuse life into parts of memories long forgotten. Some are sweet, other bitter. This poem in particular also males me want to dig out some of the old vinyls that I used to listen to daily when I was a teen… 😉

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