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water dams and watering cans

by Seirre


i don't think you know how i love you.

not because i never say as much (i do;

it's all i can do not to say it over and over,

a cherry stem i am tying with my tongue)

but only because, when you toss the words

back (aw, love you too), i can see

it takes you less thought to knot the stem;

i never quite believe our intentions

are exactly symmetrical, even as you mirror

them so nicely. because really, i say the words

but only in the way a dam says water - 

so deafening that the details are always out of earshot

and if it does its job well, you will never see the cascade 

it holds back. i love you, and you know in theory (i think),

but when you tell me you love me too, i believe

it is only a self-contained watering can.


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spatula says...



i keep coming back to this poem; it is absolutely beautiful.




Seirre says...


<3 <3



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lliyah says...



This is so good, Seirre! - you get a very specific feeling's description just perfectly and the whole piece is so heart-achey and true. You've got a great build to the poem where it gets more specific as we read on and see exactly what's going on between the narrator and subject. Perfect metaphors and the parenthetical asides and punctuation make everything come together very cleanly. Wonderful poetry as always!




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Thank you so much, alliyah!! <3



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soundofmind says...



lovely. love this




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<3 thank you




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