Joined at the Heart

Mossy Rocks – Sacred Image -@anjkan

“To be
Yourself
In a world
That is
Constantly
Trying
To make you [into]
Something else
Is the
Greatest
Accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

0.

Do you
Remember
That life
When we
Were born
Together
As twins

I.

We grew
Cucumbers
In our garden
Not just any
Cucumbers
Japanese
Cucumbers

II.

You were
The boy twin
I was
The girl twin
Knowing
Each other’s
Thoughts
We were
Careful
Not to
Complete
Each others
Words

III.

How we loved them
Those 
Japanese
Cucumbers
They were 
A shared
Secret
Sacred 
As our love
For each other

IV.

We whispered
Secrets
Shared
Stories
Stayed
Separate
Yet
Our Souls
Were Joined
At the Heart

V.

We built
Small
Stone
Temples
Making
Japanese
Cucumber
Offerings
Still
We knew
To pray
To the Moon
When they
Weren’t
Looking


VI.

As we grew
Our family
Forgot
We were
Twins
But we kept
Our secret
Connection
Hidden
In that
Secret
Place
Where
Light
And 
Shadow
Merge

VII.

Holding
Hands
We
Were
Often
Mistaken
For
Lovers


VIII.

Japanese
Cucumbers

Skinny
And 
Prickly
Tasting
Not the same
As ordinary
Cucumbers
Always 
Remind me
Of you


IX.

Drinking
Late night
Airport
Lattes
Devoid of
Caffeine
Boarding passes
Hidden
But ready
Closed eyes
In the
Nowhere
Of
Waiting
I think of you
And 
Japanese
Cucumbers

X.

No matter
The miles
That
Keep us
Apart
We feel
Each
Other’s
Sighs
Know
Each
Other’s
Cries
We are
Conjoined
At the
Soul


XI.

Demon headed
Teachers
Drill us
Train us
Force us
To Conform
They are
Civil
And 
Evil
They 
Resist
Our tribes
Resist 
Our Love of
Japanese 
Cucumbers


XII.

Remember
That life
When we
Were born
Together
As twins

XIII.

And
Japanese
Cucumbers
Dark 
And 
Green
Lay

Hidden
Among
The leaves
Whispering
In the
Wind


Yamabuki
Sept 2010
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