My Roots. Poetry by Melissa Fry Beasley: Old Houses
Since I have seen you
I no longer search
For beauty among stars.
I scratched your stories
On the inside of my teeth,
So only I would know
I’m smiling them when
You are just a tease left on my tongue.
Fragrance of words uttered by your mouth.
Everything sags in your absence.
I am an old house.
Covered in cobwebs and memory,
Dust of the dying,
Brutal bruises of my thinking,
Wounded whispers that become echoes & ghosts.
Dimness only broken by late afternoon angling inside
Pushing up between patches of shade, like doubt.
I went to the man who held light
But he refused to tell me how to keep it.
Would only tell me
That to become something
I must feed it.
You are a prison I have sentenced myself to.
I do my time dreaming you,
Not noticing years have passed,
In this tracing of many journeys
I etch into the topography of your skin.
Not one but the only.
Even at 2 a.m. When you’re drunk again.
I have memorized and underlined
Every important part of you.
We spend most of our lives figuring out what we don’t want,
Instead of sharing those things we have never said but always felt
“I’m homesick without you swimming inside me”,
“Each of my bones sing your song”,
“Without you i’m an empty carapace”
“I never wanted you to go”.
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