Awaken in a cardboard castle
Climb in my snowy beast and turn the key
Roll down Elm street, taking in my rainbow row
Traffic cop brightens my 2,191st day with his smile
Chats with bikers and skips with children across the street
Will I never know his name?
The blind man waits patiently for the bus
Shading his eyes, straining to see
Does he know I send him love each day I speed by?
Fog sits over a sleepy Potomac
And a tear, at last, is pulled down my cheek
As the Key Bridge sways to embrace me
Blue Moon weeps for my home
Orange flames lapping up its life
Leaving the land a scared skeleton
Crouched in the corner with shame
Respect the earth you walk on
Hold close the ones you love
Don’t try to hide your fear
The sky welcomes your mourning
Howl with the wolves for all to hear
A blank mind
Tired eyes stare through an empty wall,
Tap, tap, tap.
An idea flickers;
An image, a phrase.
Reach out- grab it fast!
A pen, paper, endless bag, nothing-
Unlock phone, open notes, finally there!
Close eyes tight…
Open empty mind.
I have no breath to break the air between us
A secret seals my lips
Release it with a kiss
And I will be free to breathe again