we tied starfish to balloons

i took a train to the green hills of a nameless town,
surrounded by endless fields of empty reflection,
swam deep into the smooth curves of the ocean,
and saw nothing but mirrors in the sky above –
but then i heard your laugh, sweeter than love,
form paper airplanes that graced the air
oh hi, hello there, how are you, hello again
we tied starfish to balloons that night,
moonlight lapping at our feet under the stars
as the green hills of that nameless town
melted into the dissonance of my thoughts –
(when you disappeared, i felt nothing at all
no time to say goodbye, to stay a while longer)
the shards of broken glass that poured down
all bore the same face, your face, my eyes,
a cacophony of pious colors
and one morning, we took a train
to the green hills of a nameless town,
surrounded by endless fields of euphoria,
floated on the surface of smooth clear curves,
and tied starfish to balloons that night

smiles slipped across your lips like silt
but then you left, leaving circles in your wake
i took everything we had for granted,
but not anymore

the years never began, nor did they ever end

~

[note: inspired mostly by a recent dream i had, and partly by vienna teng’s flyweight love, which i listened to while writing this.]

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