Because the window in my heart was left open wide

The cold crept in quietly to chastise vein miracles.

 

Because the cold crept in quietly to chastise vein miracles

The breath frosted over in wisps of ether demons.

 

Because the breath frosted over in wisps of ether demons

The downy innocent flesh tingled untouched in restless slumber.

 

Because the downy innocent flesh tingled untouched in restless slumber

The ancient aging entombed in tattered blankets birthed shadows.

 

Because the ancient aging entombed in tattered blankets birthed shadows

The convict ghosts escaped the confines of darkened corners.

 

Because the convict ghosts escaped the confines of darkened corners

The voices of laughing children vanished from the garden.

 

Because the voices of laughing children vanished from the garden

The twisting vines brought the carousel down in disrepair.

 

Because the twisting vines brought the carousel down in disrepair

The grains of lost futures trickled through ticking hands.

 

Because the grains of lost futures trickled through ticking hands

My calloused feet ran to the edge of earth.

 

Because my calloused feet ran to the edge of earth

The memory of home forgot its own misunderstood importance.

 

Because the memory of home forgot its own misunderstood importance

The abandoned thoughts seeped into cracks in the ceiling.

 

Because the abandoned thoughts seeped into cracks in the ceiling

The attic spilled all the wreathed secrets once hidden.

 

Because the attic spilled all the wreathed secrets once hidden

The desolate crimes waged weary war on the sun.

 

Because the desolate crimes waged weary war on the sun

The unsettled darkness killed countless candles with unassuming precision.

 

Because the unsettled darkness killed countless candles with unassuming precision

The goose-pimple flesh was cataloged intently by naked fingers.

 

Because the goose-pimple flesh was cataloged intently by naked fingers

The fall of Eden passed through ruin with pardon.

 

Because the fall of Eden passed through ruin with pardon

The shedding of buttons and cotton adorned vested rituals.

 

Because the shedding of buttons and cotton adorned vested rituals

The sighs in wanton throats swallowed the night sky.

 

Because the sighs in wanton throats swallowed the night sky

The faultless stars were lost in our universal vision.

 

Because the faultless stars were lost in our universal vision

I stood with bleeding feet on the doomed shore.

 

Because I stood with bleeding feet on the doomed shore

I could not hear static voices calling for home.

 

Because I could not hear static voices calling for home

The window of my heart was nailed decisively shut.

 

Because the window of my heart was nailed decisively shut

The winds of the weathered world could not escape.

 

Because the winds of the weathered world could not escape

The wisdom creaked within the echoes of hollow bones

 

Because the wisdom creaked within the echoes of hollow bones

The internal cacophony transformed broken chords into infinite symphonies.

 

And all other sounds muted in tapestries of silence

Eternally whispered in tones of varied octaves into myriad ears,

 

But the discorded choir sang deaf songs they understood

Because tongues only form words familiar to their corpus melodies.

 

The consequence of the speaking, the touching, the seeing

From the last to the first, the admission in living

 

Paid alone in exhalations of seeds of hardening wax

As autumn comes calling to consequently consume summer’s fugitive flame.

 

by Adam Huening

Adam Huening lives around Bloomington, Indiana, in a house with three kids and one beautiful, understanding fiancé. He is often listening when no one thinks he is, making copious notes for use at a later date. He writes because he is compelled by forces greater than himself, and, although he knows not what these forces are, he feels it is unwise to argue. Read his other stuff in 1947, Soliloquies Anthology and Poetry Quarterly.

 

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