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Read aloud and explained (somewhat) here.

i have always loved words as you love the sea
but i have grown to hate 
prepositions
because i have always had words
about you
with you
to you--
but never for you.
words for everything 
     except you.

but i have words for this, so
i'll take them
     one by one.

about.
the ocean was your first love and
i could always see it in your eyes.
most would call them blue--just
blue 
like a swell over a sandbar
blue like the spring sky over a poppy field.
but i don't think anyone
got as close as i did and they're not blue
not shorebound and
safe--
they're gray like the steelbellied sea itself
like the horizon at dawn as it
encircles you
hems you into an impossibly vast canvas
like a demarcation line
or a promise.
     one you always chased.

with.
maybe i had a streak of oceanic wilderness in me
something a little beautiful
and a little dangerous
(maybe i'm flattering myself)
but you found your landlegs for a while--
your shorelegs
at least--
and there were blue-black nights with yellow-white curtains
fluttering in the salt-scented land breeze
and the low liquid wash of your voice
and the way you took from me the words you didn't have
and i stole from you the feelings
     i never understood.

to.
when you were with me i listened and listened and when you left
i wrote.
seagulls and shorebirds
masts lit on holy fire
waves and tides but mostly
letters letters letters--
handwritten and unsent because you left
for the only place my words
     could not reach.

for.
my sailorboy
as much as i'd like to think otherwise
my veins hold iron
not ink.
and maybe i can't bleed out volumes for you
but darling
you will always be
     the dedication.
Only as autobiographical as you'd like it to be.

Screw punctuation.
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Kallios Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

I've just realized this has been sitting in my favorites for forever and I never commented on it, which is a little embarrassing. Because really, this is one of my favorite poems. Sometimes I'll browse through all the literature-themed artwork in my favorites collection (yes, I consider poetry to be artwork) and read them out loud to myself because I like the taste of the words. And whenever I do that I always read this one, so I figured I should tell you that.

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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Oh my goodness, thank you so much. :huggle:
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i have always loved words as you love the sea
but i have grown to hate 
prepositions
because i have always had words
about you
with you
to you--
but never for you.
words for everything 
     except you.

:heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
-wiggles happily- :love:
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DanceWithoutYou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was too beautiful not too favourite. Emotional and poignant, I applaud you and your poem.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thank you so much. :heart: This is one of my very favorite things I've ever written, so this means a lot to me. :huggle:
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God I am sitting here listening to you read this; beautiful! :heart:
And how you write about a character in your head, I do the same with this girl that I don't know, but she's always in my head. So I write about her.
So, I completely understand this!
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Oh gosh, thank you so much! :heart:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lost for words here! SO beautiful! :la:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you so much, dear. :heart:
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