Author Archives: A.Saylor

“Ten” Everything is consumed by fire, and explosions, then the darkness of space. You pull me onto your lap. We rock back and forth. “Maybe this is enough,” I imagine it could be. I know that it’s not. “Nine” I turn … Continue reading

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Dear Mother, from Exile

“Where’s the first fold?” “I think it’s here.” “Here?” “Yes.” The map is folded skillfully before my unskillful words leave an awkward residue on the table where your long, thin fingers place the map. My small, but muscular hands shake, … Continue reading

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Your red shoes, my tin heart

As if the sky is made of glass almost beautiful it falls, the way tragedy is sometimes beautiful in pictures. Your face in the frame is still, beyond the opalescent dome of my heart chakra. Each shimmering shard of glass … Continue reading

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There on Death’s Summit

The sky turned grey, and if I had early childhood memories, I might tell you when it began. The darkness came to stay at twelve, and as oppressive as a blanket over my face, it kept me hostage through hibernation; … Continue reading

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December 18

Just for a moment I’m happy to greet blue skies, the sun, the melting snow as if the Universe is saying, “this isn’t the hard journey you’ve requested, and if her hand reached for your heart now, you’d have made … Continue reading

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November 9

I take your face in my hands and the thunderheads drift along the horizon; the rumbling is distant but threatening still. There’s no need to describe the rain – the way cold at first you cover yourself but soon surrender … Continue reading

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A Thousand Suns

I see you in the picture, where before the shutter opened, I kissed you – your long self stretches and grins like a cat with a secret. The heat of August had wrapped itself around us, made you forget your … Continue reading

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