…something

i look into your face
there is no trace
of recognition
in your eyes

and i don’t know
what gets me worse,
that you don’t know me
or how cliche
that first stanza sounds

getting right down to
the meat of the matter

we are living our lives
full of parting shots
and one-offs
no conversations had,
words left dangling,
left wondering,
as if a complete exchange
would signify,
i don’t know…
something

glb /// “…something”

a wedding song (non-traditional)

like honey dripped from a cherry
to your tongue you bring a
sweetness to the world that I
have never tasted before

you twist and turn with every
drip of lust wrenched from
your lips as you spin like a
dervish in celebration and
anticipation of our nuptials

come here to me and let
me lift the veil, we know
better than the flowing
pearlescent frock you wear,
which we will enforce
as soon as I can get you alone

for now we’ll tow the
traditional line, if I can keep
myself away, on this altar,
vows said, you have kissed
me to attention and I am
prepared to march on
that alabaster keep

glb /// “a wedding song (non-traditional)”

two of us

i wanted that life,
two of us being and doing
two of us things
 
that roller-coaster
has only two seats, side by side
there’s a reason it’s called
a love-seat
snuggled together watching
a terrible movie
 
but as it worked itself out
that life ended before it
ever got the chance to begin…
 
i still do two of us things
hoping to catch the smallest glimpse
of how it might have been
trying to prove to myself
there is two of us room
in my solitary world
 
glb /// “two of us”

answers

“she is so worth it”
an answer i give myself
if ever i find i am
in need of an answer
“she is so worth it”
an answer i give myself
if ever i wonder
why i came all this way
“you deserve it”
an answer i would give to you
if you should ask me
why i love you
you deserve to be loved,
you deserve to be held,
you deserve to be cherished
you deserve to be free…
from pain,
from loneliness,
to soar without fear
you deserve to be original
and be accepted for that
 
“i love you”
an answer i give you
whenever you say
“you’re a fool”
 
“i love you”
you don’t have to say anything
i will repeat it
until the end of time
 
glb /// “answers”

the string

the string around my little finger
reminds me that it is possible to fix me
reminds me that i should not try to fix you

i tie it every night before i go to sleep
every morning, it is gone

i can’t find a trace of you
except in the pinkish, purplish
imprint where the string should be

glb /// “the string”

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