In a lonely backyard under a full moon
weeks of untamed grasses
tickle the bottoms of bare feet
*
wind chimes usually soft and melodious
sing out furiously, keeping time with the
stinging breath of a riling wind
*
while goosebumps break the skin
unprotected by sleeves of any kind tonight
a chin tilts skyward; hair whips madly
*
clouds up above that might otherwise linger
on a warmer, more lazy night
rush by overheard now
*
hurry hurry hurry
the wind is chasing at them
biting their heels, anxiously
*

lips part in a lack of self awareness
arms hang at sides, uselessly
eyes widen, taking it in, lost in the clouds
*
they seem to cover the sky
but for spaces of black ink in patches
large and small, leaked from some large well
*
and puffy thick here, thin and wan there
they flow, flit, fly by
racing past the moon
*
the orb burns bright and wide and round
and doesn’t flinch as each band of cloud
stretches and gallops before it
*
the glowing eye, stoic and almost aware
instead creates an explosion of color, a rainbow
bursting from nowhere, everywhere, right there on each cloud
*
lips purse and eyes narrow
then the mouth bends in a crooked smile
gears spin in my mind as my right brow arches
*
oh to be like the moon -
to brightly color and then chase away
all the fluff that dares to come between you and me.

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