and i carry

and i carry
-by Knight Quinn

and i carry
you with me
in (y)ears and tongue
and try(
oh god must i try?) to
ignore
and ignore
these achingly long
ingly
fingertips.

they
are covered in
paper-cuts(even
though
i licked them
for traction)
rummaging through
stacks of old poetry
for some explanation of
wh(y)ou)

but all i
found
but all you
showed me
but all we wrote
(will write)
was(is)be-
cause and effect
(formally, conditionally):

if you trust
(wh(y)ou)trust)
then you will trust
and it’s all logic
except when it’s lust
and then it’s all
the more logic(ally
lustfully beauti)
fully
aware of shyly
obscenely
vulnerability
and exposure.

hovering
(before me)
i(reach
out)
behind you(r
behind) and
touch(pale)
skin
with now-healed
fingertips
(stacks of poetry
set aside for later
reading)
and empty,
open palms
that you blessed
with breathless
trust.

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Published in
Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters
by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2017

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