Cold Shower

Cold Shower

A Poem by Ben Taylor

Rain mixes with the afternoon gloom,
gurgling and sputtering in gutters,
puddling in our uneven sidewalks.

Waterlogged limbs spit old leaves
onto the ground below,
adding them to the tangles
of dirty sticks and branches,
while storm drains grumble baritone complaints
from the side of the road.

My shoes have soaked through.

Rain droplets on my glasses
shatter and refract the dingy street lamp light
into something captivating.
Having you here
fractures my fantasy of you
into something real,
but somehow more difficult 
to accept as reality.

I've idolized you, and am unsure
how to conflate that
with casual affection. 

© 2019 Ben Taylor


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WOW! WOW! And WOW! Your honesty is so refreshing & startling! This is the best I've ever heard it put, how it can be quite difficult to be spending facetime with someone after spending a lengthy time knowing each other online, where interactions can be crafted & edited. Real life & getting to know a real person is so much harder than that! Your opening scene of rivulet/leaf entanglement is well done & a great analogy. The verse about refracting drops is also brilliantly stated to further your point. I love how the ending isn't defensive, just pure lovely honesty. (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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WOW! WOW! And WOW! Your honesty is so refreshing & startling! This is the best I've ever heard it put, how it can be quite difficult to be spending facetime with someone after spending a lengthy time knowing each other online, where interactions can be crafted & edited. Real life & getting to know a real person is so much harder than that! Your opening scene of rivulet/leaf entanglement is well done & a great analogy. The verse about refracting drops is also brilliantly stated to further your point. I love how the ending isn't defensive, just pure lovely honesty. (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor

Columbia, MO



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