Betta Bride

Something tells me I am more
A stirring in my soul
A quiet recognition
And my heart begins to roll

You ask me for a lifetime
Is it mine to give?
The scorn and straps of ages past
Held me down in the abyss

I climb despite the veil and harness
And touch the midnight dome
Glass is but a handy mirror
Reflecting the rising dawn

You are kind and generous
I will be your betta bride
But, my love, keep your distance
Watch me swim against the tide

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Landslide

A spring of disappointment rises
From the ground you briefly occupied
I stand in absolute awe at
How fast you ran –
My heart a landslide

Standing mute and dazed
From dawn straight through to dusk
Picking up the same old pieces
What I wouldn’t give to one day find
A sturdy heart that I can trust