Don’t say those things

when you know they aren’t

good for me:

 

Once upon a time

there was a sailor

who saw the moon

and he tried to sail

closer to it, following

its milky trail for ages

until he realized his boat

was chained to waves

so he drank the rum, and

dove overboard to live

in the reflection.

   

And then you said there was

the case of the peacocks

and how they flooded the airwaves

with their caterwauling cat calls,

got the radioman so ticked off

he had to duct tape their beaks shut

and then, the noise they made?

                       

Don’t say those things.

 

Don’t tell me oranges and grape vines

can’t grow in snow country. Don’t ask me

if I’m listening. Don’t tell me that my heart

is anything but a pump because I don’t need

your pity. I don’t need your respect

or the reputation you want me to have.

 

I need to see your orange hair

dancing behind you, twirling around

barstools. The cigarettes and every excuse

you think you have to give. I need you

to love something more than a wrecking ball

stalled at the top of its incline, before it undresses

that building you always loved and never shared

with anyone.

 

I need to hear you say daffodils.

I need you to pick your sweet basil

and offer it to my tongue.

 

 

 

 

loveAll of these poems are taken from a manuscript currently titled C O S M O N A U T. New work is upcoming or appears in Black Tongue Review, Cream City Review, Danse Macabre, Revolver, Sugar House Review, Atticus Review, Metazen, Main Street Rag, among others. Adam Love is the author of the the chapbook, Another Small Fire (Tired Hearts Press 2013). He runs the Literary Arts portion of the Utah Arts Festival. In my free time, he’s somewhere in between surfing the Pacific Ocean or exploring the mountains and western rivers of Utah.

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