Lingua

If you saw everything in retrospect

What language would you hear?

Climbing through cumulus clouds

The color of death valley

Sand strewn prayers

Over scraped knees and heavy cello bow

You slapped me backhanded

I watched myself

Fall like water

Wet against the sound

It excited you to see

Blood on my lips

The outline of violence

Lacing time and roses with secrets

You look out at a stark dull day

Feel glad you have the assurance of what stands rigid behind closed doors

We wear bright smiles at parties

The golden couple, they admire our rehearsal

Like pedigree animals who mask their bad nature

I’d bite your hand

And he’d fill your throat with glass

The lowered sun casting a haze over

Our magnification

Teaching darkness to obscure the simmering

Hand pinching my thighs open, striking

Quiet match of fire beneath

I hold onto your dismissal

Like butterflies

Slipping and fleeting

Driftwood

Skipped stones as smooth as

Your tongue in my mouth

What language do you speak?

As you lean in to remove all hope

And pinching between wet fingers

Extinguish light til only the circumference

Of stars

Lend their distant

Glow

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19 thoughts on “Lingua

  1. You can be so provocative and probably every other adjective I could think of 💐 After all these years I’ve come to the conclusion you are one of the most lovely (complicated) talented humans on the planet. Sorry simple Yorkshireman here can only tell it as he sees it 😀 The language would be French incidentally 😀😀

  2. Where it comes alive:
    “You slapped me backhanded
    I watched myself
    Fall like water
    Wet against the sound
    It excited you to see
    Blood on my lips
    The outline of violence
    Lacing time and roses with secrets
    You look out at a stark dull day
    Feel glad you have the assurance of what stands rigid behind closed doors”
    And really doesn’t stop. This is chilling, Candice.

  3. Geez, the journey you just took me on! Blown.Away. I was expecting to simply answer your question of how I expressed myself in my past and then I’m right there with you in yours. Candice, I have much to learn. Thank you for this. ❤

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