The Civil War

About the confinements of a broken relationship. It's about two people in love and at war.

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1. THE CIVIL WAR

When we fell in love we erected 

 

Monuments of one another

 

We built our cities out of paper and glue and tape

 

And stuck it together half haphazardly

 

A hodgepodge of crudely drawn 

 

Landmarks and city names

 

That begins with the capitals of “You” and “I” and “Us.”

 

All of the borders of our fingers and palms interwoven

 

But now the pen ink has run dry

 

Ink bleeds from saltwater

 

Our sobs like oceans and seas 

 

Ravaging the sand and tossing our earth

 

Our cries like the constant clapping of thunder 

 

Sizzling crackles of lightening

 

Now our love has become a maelstrom 

 

Of words and ellipses in our mouths

 

“I’m sorry” and “Why don’t you love me” 

 

A cacophonous rush of tidal water

 

Now our erected monuments and paper cities 

 

Are waterlogged and all I taste is seawater in my mouth 

 

And when I trailed my fingers

 

Across the expanses of your landscapes

 

Unfurling the lines of my borders into uncharted territory

 

It doesn’t make seeds blossom and burst 

 

From the scorched earth of my heart

 

Now all of the glue and paper and tape have been tossed haphazardly into the ocean

 

All of the skies overhead are gray 

 

And all of our borders and capitals have been lower cased

 

All of our cities and towns have been soaked 

 

And all of the ink has bled into open water

 

And “I’m sorry” is the contract that I tried to sign to end the (civil war) of our minds

 

But “I’m sorry” is never enough to erase the permanence of unfurled smoke

 

Floating ghosts of what we had drifting over the tide

 

It is not enough. But one day it might just be enough.  

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