she had thought of arresting the gush
of exuberant heart swelling hot and overfilled
she would be serious now, as serious was called for.
once, she’d known the game and all the rules.
she played strategically with eyes wide,
mouth a continuous soft surprised shape —
gathering all garnered grace.
she became as roses and
zipped a dress over them petals
with a come-hither smile.
one day she grew tired of control.
burnt the poems in praising hand
unzipped the dress,
released the hoarded blooms
which fell to earth and
finding herself empty
out of it.
walking as teeming soil
beneath fine fractured skin
she was a garden
Image source: Tumblr, but original artist appears to be Eva Patikian. https://www.instagram.com/sirelissphotographie/
Inhaling & exhaling words & images from current vantage point in Zone of Emptiness, France. Thank you for reading. ❤︎