like fish to water

tonight is feeling vulnerable and
i don’t want you to be two years away
wearing moonlight and lying in cotton sheets
the hues of your voice threading
a softness i wish i could be hugged by
i speak and speak but there are
not enough words
to build a hand to hold

so play a key to unlock the pianos and
write a fantasia so red
they’ll see spilt wine scrawled on bold walls
splashed over shower thoughts and 3am giggles
speech soaked to start the same and silenced
only when you kiss me light-bodied
a nocturne so blue
we’re drawn to a beach where it is dark
you’ve picked me up and i’ve let you pay
the shore stretching on for seconds
consecutive thirds and perfect fifths

i think i am ready to leave
the candle light flicker and melt
into the magma once more
we can cross borders instead of minds, fall
off the grid into vibrant monochrome and return
to the city we hold beneath our tongues
chase sixteen subway lines to an alley so foreign
so late, i almost mistake it for a dream

but then there is your voice, glowing scarlet
settling onto my cheekbones and it is so real
say one day you will let me win and
finally tell me everything
wrap stars around the syllables of my name, then
memorise a constellation into my eyes
that i am your horoscope, and vice versa
like fish to water

48 thoughts on “like fish to water

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the imaginative way you play with words. Also, you assemble your images in unexpected ways, for example, using words to build a hand to hold. The pacing is admirable, the final lines cascading to the conclusion.
    It’s a lovely poem, Melody.

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  2. Woodsy says:

    This is so beautifully conjured,
    so rich and imaginative…
    so free…

    If I manage to get out on the road,
    dive into the unwritten adventure,
    ride my river voice into new places,
    I’d want these words with me,
    fuelling my tongue with the lights of hidden cities.

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  3. SelmaMartin says:

    Heartbeatingwings, lovely post indeed. Just fabulous!
    Um… may I ask you a question, please… blogging related. How is it that you and so many others get so much exposure? Where does one go to be discovered like you are? If it weren’t because you liked one of my blogs (which I don’t understand how it is you found it) I wouldn’t know how to find you and your beautiful blog. Help a blogger out, please. A writer wants to be read. I want to be read more. And I want to know where to find more bloggers to follow. Thanks beforehand. I appreciate you. I wish you Miracles.

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