(broken skin) libra & gemini

by Richard Paez

i remember the way
i would bask in your light
the way you would
hide in my shadows
libra and gemini
balancing each other
evolving each other
creating and destroying each other

and now
and now i carry this memory
your light
so bright inside me
i cannot bear to look

my wings and my crosses

do you?
do you carry a memory
my shadows dark inside you
a place where you still hide?

is it wings or crosses?

words whispering and weeping
across the myriad miles
two children of the garden
arrested and on trial

living behind masks till
masks were branded true
while memories shed blood
and blood dried into glue

he rages in the darkness
she tucks away her light
fate fades into love
and love abstracts to "right"

while somewhere in lost gardens
a pair of scales is tipped
twins brothers stab each other
and memories sink like silt


Author's Note: {This is one of the three poems published in the 2002 issue of the Eerie, the literary magazine published by Tallahassee Community College. I guess they like the poems from my ‘broken skin’ cycle.}

Posted on 10/04/2001
Copyright © 2020 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 03/24/04 at 12:39 AM

sometimes, poems can be so alien to us, especially if originally written with emotion that runs deeper than the sea... than, in latter years, it almost can serve as a foreign reminder of things that were and were not good... blessings to you for learning this and embracing it... (and, as for the poem itself, interesting and effective way to portray this relationship... libra and gemini)

Posted by Joseff Marat on 11/20/05 at 08:53 AM

Good lord man - this is just another fabulous piece. This is how I would want to write if I "crossed over" - this is pagan poetry.

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