Two Riffs with Sting

“It’s not time to be open just yet.
A lesson once learned is so hard to forget.”
Sting

My first kiss was an arrangement
between factions, in a semi-circle
inside the school woods,
participants sitting on logs.

My lips touched hers.
And that was it.

*

Be still my beating heart.
It would be better to be cool.”

Sting

You’ll remember tossing a line,
carving a space.
You’ll remember being hooked
or cut.

It would be better to be cool
when
pavement
is hot.

It would be better to be fire
to

wake
the dead

We’ll be earth.

Be still my beating heart
but it would be better to walk
into that cubical with the brunette
and easy smile
and say
words

that
open
two lives.


 

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