maybe i’ll watch a sunset
float leisurely up to the polished rim
of a wineglass full of cool water.
maybe i’ll taste
shy rainbows on sunlit waterfalls
on peaceful afternoons.
maybe i’ll watch mid-mornings
fade into matted shadow
on broken sunglasses by the sea.
maybe i’ll gaze at a hundred moons
that wait soundlessly
in dewdrops every dawn.
maybe i’ll stay there,
watching forevers flow
like clear raindrops
through the spaces between my fingers.
maybe i’ll wait,
until time feels real again.
T. E. Pyrus
two cups of sweetened tea
rest half empty
on a low glass table
by the open curtains.
sometimes, a passing breeze
disarranges crumbs of softened biscuits,
or ripples the pale reflection
of a streetlamp in each teacup
like polished half moons.
on a weathered couch
smell like lonely conversation
and wistful incense smoke.
the rusted window grills
listen quietly to another dusty night,
filtering through strangers’ dreams
and intertwining memories.
T. E. Pyrus
Burn these city lights
into my memory:
the way they reflect in midnight waters
like a diamond necklace in the sun;
the way traffic lights sometimes fall asleep
amidst an unscripted musical -
cars decked in red brake lights,
joyful yellow taxicabs,
awkward blaring trucks
and tourist buses in tacky pastel hues
like cheap synthetic frocks;
monstrous machines breaking down
strangers’ silences mirrored
in bright green glass bottles
that wait quietly in the rubble;
the way young trees,
leaves lined silver with fallen smoke,
still dance with the winds
of accidental summer thunderstorms.
remind me of prideful skyscrapers,
air-conditioned waiting rooms,
imitation leather, prim paper-cups
and coffee machines - precious raindrops
on a high sunburnt window glass.
remind me, then,
of forecasted weather,
scorching ultraviolet, partly-cloudy skies;
imagine a smudged-lipstick sunset -
warm dust of a bare cemented terrace
beneath your bare feet,
sundried wind in your hair-
then paint me a memory,
like an ever-changing faerytale…
until their world dissolves
into an airplane-studded sky.
When these whitewashed walls crumble -
when, perhaps someday, the earth
wakes into a new, breathing era,
a foreign, vibrant, intoxicating warmth
of a world that echoes with wonder;
when I fall in love with clear blue sunlight
and mellow moons that sketch our silhouettes
on unbound lands,
remind me, one last time,
of my home.
T. E. Pyrus