Sleep State

He dreams  Left hand spanning my rib cage gripping, releasing  Fingers twitching, tickling  I could wake him but he is safe I allow his sleep state to venture If the waters get too rough  I’ll gently kiss him back to me  A precious moment  when a love falls asleep first  Window cracked  cool breeze caressing …

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Total cloud cover  no sense of direction 150 tons of steel  dropping ten feet at a time  Wild whiteout   feeling as if the plane is rotating backwards Gripping arm rests  speeding on sky’s choppy waters  anticipating getting thrown overboard  Eventually spit out  into clear blues  smooth sailing over a never-ending sea of cotton balls  The …

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Dad teaches son  how to prepare a raw chicken for dinner  The same one raised on their land The same one he used to chase around wired fencing A young man flirts with a young lady  as he helps her of the bus Magic seconds only they share  A community clears a field of fallen …

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She is evergreen A Ponderosa Pine arching over the Deschutes River cool water lapping toes She is an unfathomable height rooted but swaying Brushing surrounding saplings whispering her presence She is free Embraced by wind fertilizing land  Helping others sprout new life She is the queen nurturer in a forest of struggling humanities  Forever giving …

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Sand sifting through fingers  droplets rolling down arms Is it chills from cold water? or the surreal feeling of being home with free time Kissing Grammy’s flushed cheek  Silk Smelling of sweet cream and lemongrass We are a team faced up against what seems like  the impossible jigsaw  1,000 pieces, one always missing Eyes meet …

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I Forgot How the World Broke in the First Place

Fractured light Ambient rays Everything can change in a flash And it’ll never be up to you Thinking you control moves in treacherous games Rolling the dice on life gambling your time Years of clouded vision Infinitesimal infatuations Fluctuating futures Stripped of treasures Jerked to rocky bottoms   Beautiful mind Serene soul Metamorphic abilities to …

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Sometimes I’m consumed by these urges I want to sprint headfirst and plow into city buildings tipping skyscrapers like dominos crumbling them to ground zero I want to clear the rubble and lay in the land that was there first Nice old-fashioned organic dirt bath coating skin tan with earth   I’m not saying I’m …

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Feeding Forests

Labored your whole life then pushed harder The world shifts in beautiful ways A budding flower vibrantly blooming aqua and violet gold dusted boysenberry veins shimmering, scattered, healthy, strong Climaxed at what seems like your full potential Darling, you have so much more left further to trek on your ascent to the summit This time, …

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Don’t Blink

And just like that it’s over Relationships, Grief, Vacations, Birthdays Suddenly time caught up Years whizzed by But there is always an in-between A breath, release in transitions Sweet spots arousing taste buds dying to be savored   - Breelyn Shelkey