the discolouration of your smile occurred
inconspicuously as if controlled by evil coterie,
altering memories – this bad blurred,
dripped retrospectively on lines of poetry
penned in your name, running down canvases
like oil from a brush, ink from a feather,
eroding the iridescent love of then.
you vanished and threw off all balances,
left heart and mind no longer strung together.
i tried to hold on to your eyes like they were when
my heart first roistered and my fingers burned.
all i see now is a stranger dance, notably
beyond black and blue as if transferred
to a past now containing only me, hopelessly,
while your mind stopped crying.