Looks and Smiles

from by Robin Allender

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It ripens on the bough,
or whispers at your ear.
the locus of desire,
like a tattoo on your heart.
I remember it all
in illuminated detail,
what shadows we are,
subject to looks and smiles.

And a man in a room has no idea
or control of his wild, uneven dreams
that leave nothing to the imagination
and nothing left to be desired.

Nothing is real here,
and we’re all lit by that dim glow,
even the good guys
just tend to be better liars.
In a streetlight’s beam
there were insects and shooting stars
and I enacted nostalgia
as the battery in my watch died.

And a man in a room has no idea
or control of his wild, uneven dreams
that leave nothing to the imagination
and nothing left to be desired.

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from Above the Dreamer's Head, released October 16, 2015

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