“Blood In, Blood Out” by Jeremy M. Tolbert

Blood In, Blood Out

holding on to our hearts holding on to our hearts
like our own child, holding on to our hearts
like our own child,
blurs the lines
until the moment we cross it.

i sang songs that lit up the night
in daylight even,
i hit the high notes at the same time
i felt it.

blood in, blood out
we never had a doubt.
i came to understand the desperation
when i had nothing.
nothing to hold on to.

a million miles up in the air,
falling is nothing
when all i fear is losing you more
my dear.

my feet are on the ground,
more stable than i ever was-
shouldering the pain i came to know
seems to have melted away with the rain.

leaving you was the one regret
that came over me like a whirlwind,
twisting and pulling my mind
all around in ways
as furious as your mouth.
not knowing what exactly i had,
i sat all alone in a room
without a view–
blanketing my eyelids
as if night wore on
beyond infinity.

you came to me in my sleep,
in my mind
all day and all night
until the minutes,
hours, days and months
built up
beyond repute.


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