Blanket Of Darkness
Author: Pondering Red


a welcome invitation
a late summers bar-b-que
in the yard across the street
a tiny retreat of greenery,
i was excited.

darkness slowly poured
its veil of comfort upon us,
blanketed the festivities.
i saw the sharp lights in your eyes.

jovial exchange of words
music faintly trying
to hide your intentions.
was your escape planned ?
i chewed at the thought
and the crispy brochette

you faded into the night
as i indulged in conversation
not knowing that this night
would bring such nasty surprises
and make me spin in two directions.

upon reflection, the signs
had been sent in coded envelopes
of pretention and encrypted dialogue,
as i sat and envisioned our holiday
on a cool damp oceans shore.

we continued to greet the coming
fall season with colourful words and dance.
i began to swirl one way
and you began to make your exit
with a beer in one hand
and a broken promises in the other.

i left the party, still unaware,
feeling a rosy happiness,
i drifted into a sleep in our nest.
yet, the best was still to come
as you did not return, i was numb.

a week of confusion, no signs
no sleep, no you, i watered the plants.
one evening, the last puzzle piece
was shown to me, as i clicked the key
into my door of despair
you drove by with my friend.
a cold rain fell and washed

away our foundation, i shook.
this double betrayal stung me
with its poisonous rays
of sunshine dimly leak through
my space, i walk alone.

yet, you are still three floors down
into a past dream, a heartbeat away,
a long lovesong ago.
i play with the early mornings dance
as her voice carries through the halls


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