You Stay

reaching for the crown
but the glass has cracked
and the leaves fall down
tryin’ to reach the fruit
but the birds have come
or they’re spoiled with worms
and when you lift your arms
you feel the bones
grate inside
when you lift the blue
your stomach turns
become aware

run away
she tells you to run away
she tells you to run away
and you stay

it’s mis’rable you know
but you turn your eyes
back to your mind
every road that’s paved
you deny

go back to the trees
that you can hear
whisper back
sleeping on the needles
and the pine cones
scratch your back

if you run away
when you need to
run away
if you run away
don’t come back

         

       

Copyright L.M. 2008.  (written May 17th, 2008.).

Ascent

far below me lies
a river too deep to swim
it snakes all around me
and beckons me in
I reach for the branches
but, snapping, they fall too
and suddenly I realize
that I’m flying for you

the rapids, they squeeze me
and siphon my strength
the bitter chill of the water
testing my faith
somehow the branches
they keep me from death
and give me a chance at
a new kind of breath

Copyright L.M. 2007.  (written in West Virginia on way to Florida.).