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maybe if we enjoyed the lullaby of empty
dial tones, we would fall asleep somewhere
amidst the clatter of unanswered phone calls.

there is a melancholy to be found in silence.
nothing but the static between our muted voices,
only the sterile hum of knowing you are

watching TV or driving or laughing or fishing
or out with friends or asleep somewhere.
love is not a limb; if it's lost, it will always grow back.

i am discarded bandages and surgical knives.  
you are an amputated arm; your phantom limb
haunts me whenever i doubt your ghost.

i learned a trick to uncovering the scent of a hospital without
actually going to one. pick a beach on Lake Michigan and swim
to the point on the horizon where the clouds become water.

you will find me there and immediately recognize the smell
of emergency. do not be alarmed; love is no urgent matter.
again, we will hug a hospital bed with no way to pay the bills.

the best way to dance is to a soundless song.
remember: the silence. when i’m restless,
i memorize your all-too-familiar voicemail greeting.

in it, you say your name as if it weren't holy, but just
another word in the dictionary. i correct your pronunciation
over & over until you say it the way i do.

you've never been patient. too often,
your bones rattle from all that rush & shake.

i've always been wistful. too often,
i fall asleep to the sound of your absence.
i'm hoping this will get me somewhere
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your-methamphetamine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Writer
that ending is going to echo at the back of my mind for a very long time.
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learningtobefree Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Writer
trust me, i know the feeling
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idealisticpessimist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! I really do hope this'll get you somewhere. o:
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learningtobefree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
thank you!!
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sugars-going-down Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I know the feel of being ignored, and it's in this poem. Stay strong. Heart I love the poem!Airborne 
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learningtobefree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
i'm glad this evoked something in you but it's actually not about being ignored haha
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sugars-going-down Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
haha x3
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AmxBri Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I...really, really like this. Gosh, its...definitively different. My favorite is "love is not a limb; if it's lost, it will always grow back." How utterly beautiful and hopeful in an otherwise hopeless poem.
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Mageofcats Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
And then she goes on to talk about starfish!

Beautiful!
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learningtobefree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
thank you!
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