i can’t paint

i can’t paint,
but the colors
that come to mind
when i think of you…

are bold and bright,
don’t run from anything,
don’t blanch for anyone,
soar on your standard,
representing your soul,
full of love,
full of life,
full of dreams fulfilled

by sparks of laughter and joy
on an ocean of brilliant stars

bringing happiness to my heart
every time i unveil you
on a canvas
painted with my words

glb /// “i can’t paint”
originally published 11/03/2018

whisper

here we are
laying together
ear to ear
eye to eye
nose to nose
mouth to mouth
whispering things
to each other
because anything more
is unnecessary
kiss me here
touch me there
go faster
slow down
i love you
nothing louder
than a contented sigh

glb /// “whisper”
originally published 03/20/2016

untitled 1111

there can never come a time
when you are too much for me
there will never be a day
that will mean more to me
than the time i have spent with you
there has never been a place
as soft, and gentle and precious
as the one i have for you
in my heart
there is nothing as sweet and delicious
as the taste of you on my lips
there is no other place i’d rather be
than caught locked in your stare
with the look of forever
in your eyes
there is nothing more perfect
than holding you in my arms
while the sun dips quietly into the sea

glb /// “untitled 1111”
originally published 08/08/2016

lightning

lightning peels back
my already shattered sky
i am still jolted
not ready for the crack
although i see it break
i tried to embrace it
become one with it
if it would not become
one with me

out in the middle
of a field turning
around and around
making myself the
tallest thing for miles
making myself as
much of a target
as i can hope to be

i anticipate the blast
i am braced for the shock
of heartache, of melancholy,
of grief at your inability to
love me enough that i
must go diving into
driving thunderheads
just to find what i imagine
what my own life is
supposed to feel like

glb /// “lightning”
originally published 12/13/2015

a kiss

if if were real
and i could hold it in your hand
that would be a blessing
for my reality

when you become actual
a little at a time
i can kiss tiny pieces
until you are whole

as time draws circles
around our embrace
slowly tightening it’s grasp,
i rejoice amidst the pressure
squeezing us into one

when when has space
enough to breathe
i inhale deeply
filling my entire being
with you

now is then
when we first were we
fighting through a wave
for something
we might have known
would set us on a path
to somewhere
we still exist

i stay awake all week
dreaming of you
and when we finally meet
those words
that changed our course
forever
a kiss

glb /// “a kiss”
originally published 01/20/2018

this night

i have spent this night,
some hours worth,
touching old words
brought new through
the passage of time,
hoping they will be met
as golden gifts
meant to move the mind
and the heart

i have spent this night,
mourning to the point
of exhaustion,
communing with buried
souls, since removed
from my reach,
longing for a soft touch

i have spent this night,
falling in love with the dark,
sobs turned to laughter,
echoing through my
vacancy

i have spent this night,
practicing smiling into the mirror,
wincing at the horrible countenance
staring back at me

glb /// “this night”
originally published 05/26/2019

between thought and truth

turning rhymes into prose, old thoughts and dreams
deconstructed and rebuilt, to please the only ear that
can stand to hear them after all this time alone

untangling stanzas and couplets while rearranging
shelves full of notebooks, elbow deep in words about
love and lust and betrayal, epiphanies wink out when
compared with the truth

roping it all in with a lasso made of twine, there is no
way to corral the hopes in this pen, galloping off
with ideas that were not quite concrete, leaving behind
hand prints that set too fast

longing to get feelings into a form that means something
to someone in some part of the world, traveling the thin
line between appreciation and disparagement, flicking the
pages over the horizon, blurring with the lines in the ledger

stars on the water show the way home, darkness slides slowly
across the tablet, leaving creation to touch and feel,
concepts bloom, pushing perceptions through the
barrier between thought and truth

glb /// “between thought and truth”
originally published 08/04/2019

constant something

constant something
is what i’m chasing
constant sun glaring off the cracked window
constant birds squeaking at each other
constant click of my fingers on these keys
constant hand on my hand, pulling me into life
constant hum of your breath, my favorite song
constant kisses under starlight, under the covers
constant you and me spending every moment together
constant something i can count on
constant something that makes me free
of
constant wish
constant hope
constant longing
constant grief
constant reality of what is
constantly me

glb /// “constant something”
originally published 03/10/2014