Nineteen

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the wind is fast

and the ache is sour

in the air.

the cars are rushing by

and there’s a quiet hope

that they are all

headed somewhere.

it is all so

much.

and so little.

all at once.

and

it will take a while.

to let go.

of this all.

but I am starting.

here

© Hudson Biko

Nineteen, the first installation of the Cigarettes and Ice Cream series, out 6/21. Available for pre-order everywhere: https://books2read.com/Nineteen

 

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harvest

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you have spent years

flowering

this weakness

for you

-the petals are wilting

© Hudson Biko

Photograph by Roman Kraft

 

 

tales

I have heard tales

where the beast

is loved

by the beauty.

and the pain

is taken

by the winds

in the eyes.

and the hard

is made

soft

by the soft.

the way(s) –

we can hope –

we will be saved.

© Hudson Biko

 

heal

they will write

poems

about

healing.

and

smile

in their photographs.

and sometimes

they

will believe it

too

 

© Hudson Biko

miss

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it was close.

the days were the good kind of long.

and the hearts were the good kind of soft.

and the possibility of more.

ran. tart. in the air.

© Hudson Biko

Photograph by Annie Spratt