Blood Into Ink Writing Prompt Challenge-indelible-Aziza/Rene

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Brave and Reckless

my heart has
wound down slow these days
like an old wrist watch
skips metaphorical measures
when i think of that night
how i kissed your spittle-flecked lips
between compressions
come back to me
1  –  2  – 3
come back to me
vermilion teardrops drying on your cheek

i
could
not
save
you

once you were breath bone cartilage
you would think your ephemeral ghost would be weightless
but i am so heavy with you

weeks after
i found myself guiltily peering thru
your journal pages and sketches
posthumous voyeur of your life’s doodles
the butterfly you drew
symbol of your recovery
swirled and labyrinthine

page in hand i trudged to the tattoo parlor
barely managing a whisper
“over my heart”
your blood into ink onto bone
needles stinging like recriminations

i imagine her wings batting, lifting off
riding my night sighs to find you
returning to me moistened with…

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