Shades of Raw

you have glimpsed

soul bruises

deepest indigo

tightly tied

under bustier

saucy in scarlet

pressed them

tenderly insistent

against contusions

greening purple

of your own

you have ridden

harrowed heaving

aquamarine ochred

maelstrom

pummeling frenzied

under garters’ restraint

plunged intrepid

infusing whirlpool depths

with cobalt-cerise

chaos from your core

you have tasted

tangy cerulean brine

dripping

from my bared soul

alighting symphonic crescendo

upon your parched lips

stripping aside pretense

exposing

your throbbing need

Bared, Shattered, Mosaicked

long ago

I lost track

how often

I spoke my truth

cringing

as I watched

you shrink from me

slink away

cowardly tail

between

swaggering legs

reducing

my bared soul

to scattered shards

smithereened

against the ice cold

hardness

of your heart

 

sobbing

I swept

glistening fragments

purples, reds and turquoises

of my vibrant self

strewn reckless

in the dust

 

 

fuming spit and vinegar

I glued them

those glittering

bits of me

haphazard

precious

psychic gems

 

I know now

your stalking retreat

mirrors not

my truest colors

mosaic of time warped

space and remnants

 

your hasty abandon

reflects

images

avoided

along your own

hard beaten path