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5:38 on the Balcony

Published by Rabelais, August 2020



turmeric staining the air

breathing in notes of garlic

Paul Kelly’s voice enticing me inside

I let him sing of gravy

electric bursts form starry night

passing trains and bedroom windows understanding now what Nick was saying —

being both within and without

I’d always wanted to be a sunset

the brightest star in the sky

now I think I’d be content

being the bits in-between

the nothingness which makes it brilliant

blackness that is peaceful, wise

it has done its shining ready now to be the foundations

for others to glow and burn out

ready to hold them

until light ceases to scorch them

and they too can dissolve

into this peace, this everythingness

holding their arms opened wide




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