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haunted building

From a distance
(nearly)
Identical
To your others
(shallow lovers)
Brick, stone, mortar
Gaping opaque windows
Step closer
Navigate diaphanous
Twists
Of ghost-whispered mist
Stroke rough-hewn blocks
Thrumming textured stories
Redolent memories
Seeping from bones
Somehow different, unique
Open, airy rooms
Where others calmly walked
Frivolous shallow talk
Thinking they were at home
No secrets
Easy, inviting
Peer down corridors
Musty
Locked doors
Rusty
With disuse
Hidden
(pain)
Dreams
(slain)
Caress scarred woodwork
Bruised
Abused
By elemental time
Indefatigable cynicism
Muddled stoicism
Murky gloom robs sight
Now
Fumble among the cogs
The wheels
The machinations
Stumble
Through Daedalus’ handiwork
Ignore the Minotaur
Plow through the ploy
Sensing the timidity and shyness
You are the first
The time you took
Turn your head
(my dear)
And look
Over the
Months
(years)
The effort a testament
To the investment of
Patience
Absolutely still
Your breath fills
Your ears
Rippling the untroubled air
A quiet cacophony
Waking harmonies
While warmth swallows you
A security
You’ll never be able to
Describe to
Anyone else
Harnessed danger
Velvet bands of iron
A foreign dialect of throbbing emotion
The true essence
The face behind the mask
The heart behind the machine
Pulsing lifeblood
Eternal springing evergreen
The king to your heiress
The warrior to your Daenerys
I’ll look nothing like what you dreamed
Somewhere in that Stygian corner
You’ll find
Me.
-ijs

*originally posted April 7, 2013. revised April 27, 2015.

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