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a place beyond the grays


I make these stories of myself, all part of a runaway journal.
chapter & verse. but I go back sometimes & make alterations,
because things change. especially the sweet parts that we
want to keep just as they are. especially those.

little tragedies that I walked into desperately. each one a
collaboration of romantic lust with a lonely lady… what is
tragedy, after all, without a woman to make it perfect? &
when I can no longer swallow the heartbreak of a particular
memory, the sad beauty of her tear-stained face, I toss it to
the storm outside, to be carried away by the deliverance of
the rain. but the rain doesn’t care.

so the nights pass gently for awhile; I am benevolent in my
solitude, reading old poetry, drinking older whiskey. but the
sexual beast that owns me doesn’t rest for long. I hear the song
of a dolorous siren in the summoning distance, luring me to the
turbulent bed of her perversions.

I know some vague things about her, who she is & who she
belongs to. but there is some mystery in her.
& in me, as it should be.

I’ll tell her things she needs to hear: her eyes are beautiful, her
lips were made to be kissed. the pretty things that will make her
smile & cry a little when she’s alone.

we are nomads of the flesh, two halves that will never be complete.
on clandestine fields, we will shed the oppressive garments that do
not define us, to feel the heat of my skin against hers. I will force
myself into the wet garden of her naked desire, her hips thrusting
against mine. when the stars explode, they reflect in her gray eyes.

the sweetest sins go unforgiven, but we hold onto this meager space
of time that we’ve plundered from a malevolent universe  –
our haven beyond the grays…


(Artist unknown)


Written by JohnFeddeler
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