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before the party

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before the party

A tight fist of emotion sprouts flames in my chest
and I fan the flames with a chilled smile
chiseled like the block of ice 
stored in the freezer for the party.

I have stood empty as a discarded seashell, perhaps a clam's shell,
whose pearl should sparkle like the sun spattered sea, that is its home.

But it gleams like the moonlight 
castings its light across surfaces- changing them to white or silver, 
like the tops of carved glaciers, drifting as they change the shape of the earth. 

Too heavy am I to walk on these surfaces, 
even if it is frozen.

Seabirds wind up and spin lazily, 
calling the wind for their flight- or at least to float momentarily, 
like my spirit, needing so much to be released

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  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:06:00 PM
    Enjoyed the ride, John

  1. Date: 11/27/2012 2:55:00 PM
    A very evocative write! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 1:04:00 PM
    jennifer well done this flows very nicely...David