Double Life.

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Remember when our nights mingled?
We paid our hours
in caresses and sighs.
The ache and the savor.
Our bodies a map of hunger?
We were red and blue
in equal measure.
Then we put desire away.
Photograph ourselves into today.
The clasped heart in a closed bird cage.
Clothed in yesterday’s what might have been.
Colorless. Now when people look at us
I wonder if they know
we are inside who we used to be.

-Tosha Michelle

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54 thoughts on “Double Life.

  1. wow…what a great piece of poetry…so many great lines from ‘paid our hours in caresses and sighs’ through the clasp heart in a closed bird cage’, to ‘we are inside who we used to be’…truly, brilliant lines…we do appear to be trapped inside what once was…great song choice, too… I am in awe, my friend!

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  2. Always a feast. I see: “Now when people look at us
    I wonder if they know
    we are inside who we used to be” not as poignant or trapped, but as conspiring. Despite the outside looks, we still are who we used to be. I’d love it even if you intended it differently than I read it.

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  3. Awesome stuff πŸ™‚ Especially “Clothed in yesterday’s what might have been”

    Also, When we were young is great. Whenever I listen to it, I go straight after to when you were young by The Killers too.

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  4. Anything that has red and blue in it would get my approval but it’s hundred times more when it is your words. This poem is one of my favourites, a walk in memory and a poignant realisation of what is left. It is very nostalgic and at the same time quietly strong. Beautiful poem Tosha. xoxo

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