I spent a year there in physical form,  just to spend another two wandering its empty halls as my shell, my panther costume, glowed yellow at night. just the eyes and the teeth, bright white like a lantern softly brightening the steps laid out before me. nothing more than that.  this idea I held entombed me. it started with the first parting, the night I slept in jeans at his house and said “ I feel like two halves of myself coming together” as he snored. laid my head in the crook of his elbow, unfettered and imperceptible at times.  

 this is January 2015 and in a month I will see you for the first time, drawn to something else but distracted by you
like moths fly
right into bulbs
looking for the moon,
I crashed headfirst into
the glass encasing
of you.


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