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Leaving

We were the golden couple
always smiles
we once held hands
and snogged like teenagers.
When the dinner candles snuffed
when the poetry fizzled
you said our past was festering lies.
You were always so elegant
you wore a cocktail dress
said you were leaving
I was aggrieved
but you silently collected your keys
and walked out high on your heels.

Robert James Berry
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Scared

I was scared of you
your high caste ways
made me titter nervously
I knew you hungered for vengeance.
Candle-pale dervish
hair wilder than tumbleweed
wrath like a summer rain storm
you’d hiss and spit.
After all the name calling
you broke me like a wishbone.

Robert James Berry
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Shower

When we showered
I’d never been more thrilled
I foamed the soap on your back
you were willowy
browner than scorched almonds
I lathered your henna black hair
your shoulders
the hot water rilled down your nape
you were skinnier than a cedar
just a girl.

Robert James Berry
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Lotus

I lay listening to the rain
you weren’t asleep
were more prickly
than rambutans.
You said in the morning
you’d leave
we were like children.
You lay on your belly beside me
more perfect than lotus blooms.
It still drizzled when we slept.

Robert James Berry
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Child

When you were with child
you were perfection.
Heavy and docile
you’d tidy
were incandescent
round as the full moon.
You kept a packed bag
under the bed
you had money for the taxi
I believe you had happiness.
When the baby came
you were calmer than Buddha
starlight didn’t scintillate like you.

Robert James Berry
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Raining

As we talked
it was raining softly
you opened the shutters
it felt cool
the moon was high.
I always loved the rain
it was like a truce
feeling your kohled eyes
rove over me.
Once the heat built
grief would flood your face
we’d dissolve
and the broken crockery began.

Robert James Berry
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Bliss

We watched the sun set
like coral cinders in the east
a pod of dolphins
had played under our boat
there had been no fish
but who cared
this was majestic.
When we ran for the harbour
starlight followed us home
and the moon shone like money.

Robert James Berry
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