Shedding to Shelter




Sweet savoury endings enter

Pouring itself over my chest with a chilled tickle

Stirring away the tight swallows


Wafting scenes of food bubbling on

stove tops

every square box’s lid steam mingling together to reach me


Glass rims are being caressed

Last ‘kind regards’ are being sent off

Layers are being replaced to shed away the restricted inhales


A muted sky rolls in

easy on the eyes

Staring becomes a numb kind of calming where to do’s fade into the pink light


Reminiscent and longing for careless laughter spilling over a friend’s balcony

Or the hot summer cling finally cooling away from my arms


Speckles of glittering gaps foam where the last snippets dance through the darkened leaves


My skin glows against the sharp screen glare

Possibilities of the day dim into strained frowns for the next wake

I lean into the sunken ease of knowing this


There’s a latent burning desire to flow into the nightly routine

Preparing oneself

to find shelter in silence

Tucking in

to untuck

And start all over again


-MWAM

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South Africa

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