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Those embers in his eyes, breath 
dryer than what had been kindling and a voice

just shy of crackling—
you knew, the moment he touched you,

feverish, consuming tokens you coolly hid
within marrow, within the framework

of lucidity. All lost in that irresistible smoke 
he craved, blew your way.

But somethings just burn 
themselves out, leave you with little

choice, years of nightmares, 
harrowing backdrafts and damned drenched sheets, 

long after a hundred new moons 
chilled every charred wall left standing.

Copyright © Cyndi MacMillan | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 10/1/2016 4:45:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/30/2016 8:34:00 PM

    This is an interesting dramatic monologue with a shift of attention to something more meditative at stanza five. Initially the narrator scolds another part of her wounded psyhe and then subtly veers toward the reader at "leave you with little choice". In the next lines the poet takes over to transform the experience into a tapestry of images to create a piece of art. Fine work, Cyndi.
  1. Date: 9/30/2016 4:51:00 AM

    The end of a relationship can be devastating - yet not be the end of one's capacity to be loving. Many things grew back on Krakatoa... This is a sensitively written poem, very sad for your loss...Big Hug!