Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

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I kissed you too much that morning. Or it could’ve been too often. I don’t know which it was. I’m just sorry. I’ll blame the returning sun, the way it had silently purged the dark night of darkness, and the drunken streets of drunkenness, and shown me with its straight face that not even within an eternity could I ever kiss you enough, never quite capture something enduring of you […]

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Two years later

Because you did not encircle me completely, even though I would have let you, wanted you to, I still retain my own image of myself, albeit one ringed with a halo of ragged scars where we joined. And it is no surprise to hear you tell me, “I have a hole in my soul, where you have been.”   Robert Ford lives on the east coast of Scotland, and writes […]

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Meeting their next taciturn new lover

You notice the deep shovels of his hands are a combed-beach collection of scratches, the knuckles all wrecked, and still raw as lies. Black flecks like question marks on a map, sunken into the skin; you assume them to be thorns, but brambles rather than roses. From beneath the frayed cuffs of a cheap, over-worn shirt, the unruly wire of bronze hair emerging, and the first inch of a louder […]

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Apartment 5D

Trapped in a body that doesn’t feel like home. Trapped in an apartment that doesn’t feel like shelter. The reckoning has already taken place. They’ve cut up their clothes. Bandaged their wounds. Sit quietly, chest heavy. A dose of hormones is packaged within reach, promising to rewire reality. Sculpt their bones, comfort the crying child with more than just a balloon. Comic book pages cover the walls. Nothing’s ever as […]

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All those bottles

creeping over concrete trails to the clink of phantom draughts – the shadow of red velvet nights staining my teeth and throat the altar of empty bottles—tributes to the blur and stretch of a girl whose name I will forget to the assurance that death is a lie to the knife-edge brightness of Orion to waking up, to minute-stopping throbs ticking down the day against the walls, my skull; a […]

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An august sacrament

The sun lowered itself into our six o’clock armchair, blushing cream walls to the tune of Dionysus’s blood, your faith between my ribs chanting thanks to God for the static under fingernails and when the same sun has gone tortoise-slow and quiet through the ground beneath us the breeze that didn’t blow today transforms a moonless night into myth—a remark thrown into shape: it’s summer, these things happen I know […]

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Doorbell Advised

In aisle five they sell wireless doorbells with a 150-foot range — battery life 3 years for chime, 2 years for buttons for your new home, in this old house, so your husband waits while your legs take you to the world to get one It had never before occurred to either of you that you would need one, the old one rang just fine, for the house, it wasn’t […]

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When a Bargain Is No Deal

I found a poetic vehicle posted 4 sale: 72 santa fe travel trailer. Twenty feet or it could be a 16 footer. small but has all amen-ities. needs foam, curtains, other misc., some waterproofing–easy to do fixits. seems road worthy. also has dual wheels for better stability. great for camping or an extra room. **not real firm on the price** I’m ready to tow it, load turquoise and tube tops, […]

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A Hurricane Named Desire

That lying, deceitful floozy batting her washes, massacred lashes. It’s become a familiar ordeal. She thrashes everybody’s coast, flees inland so the weatherman can’t report her whereabouts on the six o’clock news. He has a feeling his Doppler is haywire. Her indecent cleavage breaks our levee and the whole scene washes away, becomes a soup of sighs and arousal mixed with junk mail, diapers, and spatulas at this ill-timed moment. […]

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Love Sounds like a Slammed Door

He asks why I can’t love him without my hands cuffed behind my back. How do I tell him? At night, I still listen for the sound of my mother’s breathing.     Orooj-e-Zafar fancies herself a spoken word poet while she struggles her way through medical school in her hometown, Islamabad, Pakistan. Most recently, she has been published at Persephone’s Daughters, By&By Lit and Voicemailpoems.org. You can connect with […]

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