obsession is an overly friendly monster

I once went by more names than the
                 Devil before you spoke it
   & now I wouldn’t have anyone else
                                                   say
                                                     murmur
                                                  mouth
                                                       growl
                                                             or
                                                   be[moan] it
                 I’d decorate everything in birds
                            just to hear you sing
                                        [Once]

        I gave up the ghost of trying
                       to stay tied
                            to this cemetery of dreams
                    fickle youth’s hubris
                                    [fucking nightmares]
                             if only to stay bound
                                    to your wrists
                         through dimensions
           time was never a linear thing
    it’s a shape you don’t prepare for
                because no matter where it’s painted

                             it points
                                  to

                                                      >you

–LM

Undone

Sometimes I wonder if
              inside this exhibitionist
                 existence you must
                    realize what I can
barely
         say___
             [ this is the fastest way ]
                  I do communicate,
        but___
        do you believe in love’s endurance?
        do you believe this assurance/
                   《 better yet 》   in me?

Maybe if I whisper it, this
                  widely known secret
                  I unmasked the fact quite early,
                                                         on

Gilded in summer air, under summer stars
               & now, for you, by you I am
                       gartered, aglow                       undone

–LM

Amour Fou

We pause and resume
our business tête-à-tête
                       words & words
                 without etiquette
                         and a whole lot of flair
           for two people who aren’t going

[& have never gone]
                         anywhere

LM

Cat and Mouse

Misunderstood damsel
Feigning distress
In reality I do cry wolf

The temptress; I’ve
Gotten to like the sound
Over time/ since now I understand
What is in my nature
To undermine

I want to cloak you in my shadow
For a time
&make you believe
You are the most desirable thing
In anyone’s life anyone could
Ever achieve

Any trophy
Any/thing/could/not:trump:you

How unbelievably beautiful
A gleaming feeling
How terrifying
How perfectly
Horrifying
Mortifying
Morbidly satisfying

Will you let me show you
how?

–LM