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Orienteering


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mikejewett

Orienteering

I broke ground mapping out
your body - your hair
was a violet waterfall

splashing rhapsodies onto
paper. Your tattoos were scattered
streams. I marked neon

orange cairns for your
fingernails, nestling
them together

so they held
my hand. Flowers filled
up empty spaces,

replacing the bouquet
received by the other you.
When I penciled in our beach,

sanderlings dotting drumlins,
I lightly scented the paper
with ocean air and your perfume

to be tucked into an envelope,
sealed, and dropped into a canyon -
that spot on my cheek

where your lips left this scar.
I added the legend
where we both face north

and our bodies grow moss
and the sunlight of your eyes
gets lost among the shadows.

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