Poems from the Vault no.4

Everything falls apart, so hard is it to wait
For love of a more lasting kind,
Watching the traffic become beautiful
As it moves upon a paper map

So when you do not sink
That dark red hair to the keys
When waiting in the corner,
You watch me stub cigarettes
Out on my chest

Your laughter is infinite
And it is not mine,
Your legs will stretch centuries
For others who’ll pick your teeth
With greater kindness

Do not be surprised or faintly amused,
When you find me in the open night
Dragging my head against the rock,
It is only because you will not come
And I cannot make you

And at times when you’re at your most generous
I can see it against window, through simple light
Between the walls where others stare
And wail and wait for you

You’ve got us, you’ve got us all
In fits of anger and in our darkest moment,
So when tonight you stepped onto my stairs
Each leg another note, another line
Over the broken chair, the glass
That once contained wine

All I’ll ask for, is one more poem
One line of beauty,
A note to sail a symphony upon,
But I fear you’re in the arms of others tonight

You’ll take their side over mine,
Their voice you choose to decipher,
In their life you’ll arrive to offer some release

But one poem, one poem
Would be a kindness,
Just give me the word that’s right and true
And I can sink into the absolution
Of waiting, and of wanting you
For just another empty night




I woke up
At four in the morning
To where your voice
Used to be

Then I drank
Till I could hear it

Listening to the birds
Pick off
A thousand angels below,

As dust choked out
The parade of an early
Autumn morning
Come too soon

Author: jameskramerblog

James Kramer is a fiction writer currently based in Beijing. His writing has appeared in Your Impossible Voice, as well as various Poetry anthologies. He currently writes a monthly-ish column for LeftLion magazine on China.

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