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we burned together

black
black black black black
and brown and blue

your worn paint, makeup, and termite zoo
you were dying inside you there was life
i lived in you
and loved you while i hollowed you out
then refilled you

with memories
while we were worn sad and naive

you’re (you were) just what i needed (need(ed))
for a time
my home away from home
i was just what you needed (need(ed))
for a time
we were just sad kids enjoying the sunlight
from the shade

you’ll never have feelings for me
because you can’t
you’re a house
play with your materials and chemicals
and you’re not real
even if you were to me

it was the realest

i swear
that ashy stack of shingles
breathed
while i rebuilt her
flame
she burnt with me

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crossed

i crossed a white buck
at the train tracks
untarnished but older still

you’re all of the omens i haven’t decoded
and all of the feelings i’d have run from
if i was the type to listen when the stoplights flashed

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woodpecker

woodpecker outside my window
i bang the wall
slap it
pecker gone

outside
i’m inside
and that wood
was never harder

i love you

but you’re putting holes in this house

and the shingles
and coating
that protect me from rain
are falling off
one by one

and i leak more water

you were my favorite
i left the door open for you
you could of just walked in