jack valentine

03:22:17 // da capo

we will never share a beat
and yet
i hear continued clapping
half-skip steps hard clip the concrete, try
through distance
ditch this aching
buried in aortal muscle
every blood thump stuck repeating

damp with phantom conversations
ectoplasm-lined, this eye
spends a measure watching windows
morse code words vibrate on glass
won’t be yours
wonder why
why this rhythm slickens sweet
metronome i can’t reclaim
don’t know how
i sing off-key
to leave what never came