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Sufficing Phase-changes- a verse getting nowhere.
cualquier

(Title, body, language, concept, message still in work.  Any and all suggestions are welcome).

Certainly there exists a prime manner
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in which to convey messages,
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so all that remains missing, to be understood,
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are the pauses in-between spoken breaths,
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or spaces between written words.
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I would take her on long strolls-
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far longer than the difference in our heights-
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through Paris; streets littered with
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early-morning dew on bougainvillea leaves, or
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late-night frost assuring windows cannot be seen through.
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Both forms of nourishing water
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would remind us of why we are there:
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the drops on leaves soon to be flicked off
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displaying just how something reappears
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should it be just that necessary to thrive,
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the frost on windows soon to be wiped off
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showing just how easily we come to see
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that we don’t see anything at all;
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all the while gloating its ability to overtake glass,
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while shying from its easy removal if done properly.
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I would take her through lush parks;
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the yellow birds cheering at our return
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and wind blowing our hair together- heads together-
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to assure that each strand is somehow entwined,
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letting us know we would not come undone
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with a whistling tune through the lit streets.
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We would, by then, need our black coats.  Enveloped
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by them too, but we’d melt into one another nonetheless
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as if the threading opened itself up to that of the other coat
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so as to allow us to pass through.
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Then, night-time would rise around us,
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and with it the frost along the windows.
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And so, I would take her to the nearest café; with an eloquent poem,
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a sole candle between us, and speak without restraints
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while listening to a Parisian accordion invigorating
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our hearts, minds, and feet to mix and twirl together
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like former prisoners with recently removed ball-and-chains.
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I would, like another layer of fabric, encircle her with my arms
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and carry her on my back- alongside Notre Dame, beneath Eiffel Tower-
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far shorter than the height of our spirits.
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Then, when the clock strikes midnight,
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indecisive on its pursuit of the next day
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or to resign itself in the past,
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we would take one another
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on a terrace overlooking the Seine,
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a creation of each dew drop conjoining
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in order to simply overlook back at us.
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No, we would need no garments,
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much less black-lace fans covering
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our already-flushed red faces.
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We would whisper to one another,
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and our vocal cords would converse
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in a way making it seem we were children;
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naïve babies in strollers in the city earlier that day-
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but we would nevertheless be understood.
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Visible air would appear around us, from our gaping mouths,
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because the wind would have by then grown
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shy and red, resembling our faces, and hot at such a sight.
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And after its end, we would’ve decided for the clock
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and pushed on in pursuit of the hour of the following day-
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and by then realised that love is not enough; is abstract,
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in comparison to the physical form next to you.
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So, when I think of the possibilities,
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I grow cold at the actual occurrences
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that had taken form of our actions instead:
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in the end of January, Florida
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was still holding a competition between the cold and heat.
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And I, still with the Parisian accordion music embedded in my head
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from a collection of songs I heard in a store,
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arrived home with her, both exhausted.
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We ate reheated food
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and then slept, equally entwined.
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But before the day progressed- trespassed,
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I took her walking down the street, cars speeding between lanes,
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desiring nothing with us, like wind between city alleys.
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We wore coloured sweaters- mismatched, not caring-
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and walked alongside dry, yet living, grass.
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The gusts produced from the streaming cars-
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now appearing like metallic streams,
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weren’t sufficiently strong to usurp control of our hair.
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We arrived at the Starbucks nearest my home
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and warmed ourselves with cinnamon-vanilla coffee,
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and with each other’s body sitting side by side.
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Placing drinks on the candle-less table before us,
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we spoke hesitantly, struggling with words-
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we assessed how to wipe clean these windows which caused
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my bedroom candle's wax to cry as much as we had exactly a month ago.
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Calm music played from artists half-known to me
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that nevertheless urged us to
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stay seated and grounded to the discussion at hand.
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I couldn’t write anything earlier that day or week-
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there is a new savageness, uneasiness, in my primal words
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I woke up one day and found
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threatening to frighten the animals away,
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which delves into anything I decide to write.
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I encircled her, as she did me, and the issue us.
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I wasn’t able to carry her upon my back;
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my back was broken- not in the manner she creates,
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making me hunch over due to an erection-
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because my stone-like form was eroding and falling apart.
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The frost on the windows once already tried
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to cloud my vision from the sun-burst pattern
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I see in her irises- yet failingly.
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Then it tried to prevent me from looking at her
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altogether- head, eyes, breasts, stomach, thighs, hips;
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or any other imperfections she sees- I remain blind to.
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I managed to pick her up somehow, though-
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we both got into the car comfortably and
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drove with the wind, flowed with the stream, to take her
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home because time decided to fly and desired nothing with us.
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Thus, certainly there exists a prime manner in which
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to understand what remains to be understood-
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the pauses in speech, the spaces between words.
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Surely we saw the meaning in the wind, swimming toward us:
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love is not enough; is abstract, in comparison to the physical form next to you.
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8 Feb 08

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gave me a headache
 — unknown

Point taken- I had an ache writing it.
 — unknown

I really really like this one.

I have no constructive comments, only praise.

This is flawless to me.
 — BoundFeet

Thank you, BoundFeet.  Very much.  Support (or praise) is as constructive as suggestions can be.  
 — cualquier

is anyone else willing to provide something?
 — unknown

Yes.
 — unknown

its too long (not your penis) and the title doesn't make sense (going).
 — friedMnoodle

The title not making sense I agree to an extent.  Particularly the "Phase-changes", the rest of it I find necessary.  I will look for an alternative to "Phase-changes" because, although it's open to interpretation, even to me despite the fact that I had a certain meaning for it in mind, that isn't necessarily good.  If you have a suggestion, do give.  (As for the mention of a penis.. regardless of whether it's random and up to your [surely] universal opinion, i[t] won't [be me who] refute[s] your claim).   (;
 — cualquier

As for being too long, well.. I can't say much there.  Structure is structure, and it turned out the way it did.  I felt if I placed everything side by side it would be a bit too messy, regardless of the juxtaposition.  You'd just need to have diligence in reading, I guess..
 — cualquier

Not trying to sound pretentious or anything, but simply saying it's too long isn't really saying much- it's hard to narrow some things down by whim because whim doesn't go far.
 — unknown

I think I just understood the phase change part.



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 — vienta

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