the lights went out the window / we waited and waited / waited some more / we touched the quiet / touched the air / smiled a secret / the deep shadows / tonguing the only light / from a hundred miles away / like a long lime-green dress / or bright orange flowers / in tiny braids hanging limp / a fleck of silver in them / swaying a bright silver chain / like a dangling lightbulb charm /

the lights have gone /

this old punched life / time laughing / i really wanted you / so i was supposed to / worry about the time you won’t miss / attract birds to the yard / wave good-bye / hope the lights never came back /

outside under a big oak tree / in the dark / radio waves / stood straight up / like they stuck their fingers in a light socket / snatching the far end of my eyes / shrill ringing on the ground / broken touches / i won’t find out the truth / without you / inside echoed empty / nobody said a word / lips to the bottom / mumbled noise / peeked back around the corner / the lights flickered on / squealed alive / wiped slowly / everything / i should have said /

it’s been a great day / and i am sorry / that we will only have time today / for tomorrow / i’d be happy to go on first / all by myself / last night probably just needs tuning /

but slumped / words remembered to sabotage / causing you to admit / that forever we slid down / that we needed the very edge / to get there /

careful / the way forward is / waiting / small wrong things / like fear / shriek what / nobody knows / for sure /