In those old memories / I try not to close my eyes / out of fear of getting lost in them / But... / Lately I find myself / allowing them to fall shut / during a specific recounting of a specific memory / On the 3rd night in Tampa / an old song / about addiction and the denial of it / brought me to tears / though I had heard it many times before / I had texted you / and you came outside to talk / comfort me / hold me / It was the only time that ever happened / I kept it together / despite all the painful moments / you put me through / So that late Spring night / in sweltering Florida / I let my brown eyes rest / Rest my muddled mind on your chest / The air humid and damp / though the Tampa sun is long gone / more than just tears streaking down my cheeks / Salt in my once long dyed hair / As I let myself cry / to you / A once in a lifetime opportunity / That I think I truly squandered / I could have cried to you / instead about all the ways / you made my soft heart ache / Splinter and crack / About how I tried to picture myself living there / With you / Instead of her / When I try to really recall / What that night really felt like / I picture your tattooed arms / wrapped around my body / wracked with sobs / soak your bird chest with tears / I'm trying to remember / if you stroked my hair / my back / or if you just / stood there awkwardly / Heart feeling nothing / Just going through the motions / of comforting me / for the first / last / and only time.

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A poem for a friend of times passed; took an hour to edit while laid up in the hospital.

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Submitted by fervidFountain on November 18, 2023

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Nico (he/they) is a young poet from St. Louis who is just starting to perform their work in front of an audience! They enjoy drawing, painting, singing, and of course writing. They also indulge in tarot and witchcraft. Their influences in their work is often pain and tragedy, and finds that their best words come from such emotions and events. more…

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