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lines written two streets from home

A poem by Quinn Collins

he asked if he could pray for me. i have never believed in God but i said yes

anyway. having no Faith does not mean i don’t have faith. i have faith in:


the pen ink’s shine on the paper in the cold grey kitchen light

the silver ring with the mountains and stars on it so i can see so far away


the opening chords of my favourite songs, always. i count on their familiarity

the sounds of my new ideas being realized, clacking the keys of f and shift f


whispering with friends in my bed at night, all of us tired, none of us sleepy

the nights when the alcohol hits in perfectly the right way and we can dance


pulling the bowstring back and loosing the carbon, losing the carbon in the grass

pulling the bow over the strings of the violin, childlike joy, schindler’s list


the joyful sweetness of chocolate pralines shaped as seashells on the beach

the curative powers of peach iced tea on a hot summer’s day


the garden in the house i grew up in. i will be buried there, if only spiritually

my memories. she will never, could never, leave me as long as i have those


confessing my sins to him, in near full, knowing not hoping he won’t forsake me

a never-too-distant smile. i will see it and i will be somebody to someone one day

Back to BoundBy: Spring '24 (Edition #08)

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