And these go with me too

And these go with me too
And haunt my dreams
Your eyes wide and full of promise
Your arms around my hollow chest
Your breath forming clouds on a winter morning
Your legs bouncing on the balls of your feet
Your tears wanting to dry
Your heart wanting to fill
Your name sounding like a magic spell
Like a prayer,
like a joke,
like a brand new language, or one older than speech
Your strength that carries such horrible weight
Your fragility that breaks you with a word,
or a look or avoiding a look
Your evaporating smile
Your limitless endearments
Your irreducible integrity
Your playful neck and cheeks and ears 
that I absorbed with the pressure of my lips
These go with me too
And haunt my dreams

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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