fragile

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you &i both know i wore the delicate gold link necklace
of emerald bright green lakes for as long as i could
&didn’t i say i would love our fragile ecosystem to death?
&did i not suffer daily sunsets? overlook watershed moments
to wonder, “how come our clasp is accidentally estranged in my hand?”
&couldn’t we un-break the dark corners at the continental divide, you say,

but i note a diminished tenderness, in that

aspen leaf floating
from nymph lake to dreaming lake
— empty is the bowl

::

for Real Toads

It’s Alright

door

We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.” -Ernest Hemingway

&the lizard lives

forgive me
   for dashing
      lesser
         things

magic lizards
   broken tails
      empty girls
         &boys

false hopes
   crooked feet
      lollipops
         melting

it's
   my undoing
      breaking this
         tale

go ahead
   &stare
      straight into
         broken

i am the lizard
   i am great Houdini
      &the lizard 
         lives
[my old lizard poem I once hated, but images-2
changed my mind. submitted to Real Toads,
NaPoWriMo & Poetic Asides]