In the smallest crevices of my flesh
Pain has made a comfortable home
It remains with me
It joins my flesh and bones
Flows through my blood
And my heart does to it what a spongy duster does to a blackboard.
Silence is the name of another family friend
It creates space of an infinite universe
Between the heart and the mind
This silence is like fungus in my mouth
It only grows voluminous and demonic
It reminds me wordlessly of all the noise.
And how can I forget love
That tiny expanse of five minute morning
That little peace of half an hour darkness
That memory of a smile walking away from me
That promise I can believe in.