I Wish I Was Ever Born
A sudden splash of misty whiteness
by Francie Lynch
Where sterile outlines fill
With skin pink water colors,
Then the rainbows separate into distinct arcs,
Blending again at my supplication.
Shushed whispers turn my head.
I listened for whistles, songs, familiar voices;
Pleased to praise when requested, when warranted,
Advise when asked, offer silence when needed.
I felt skin on my skin,
Sunblock and creams,
Long before your hand in mine.
I have offered my hands too,
In aid and love.
Your scent is forever,
And can't be covered with perfumes or incense.
At the most unusual times, it hits me.
I'll turn in a line, or somewhere,
Expecting you right there.
I enter a room knowing you're near,
Part of my life I live in vain memory.
It's bitter sweet, sour and umami, this journey,
And we are the salt of the earth, our earth.
From deprivation to overload.
And I sense, with sound insight,
We can still get it right.