Poetry / “Cereal box decoder ring”

decoder ring

Cereal box decoder ring

 

Your pink pillow now missing

had been inside an invisible box

with a Crayola note on the back of

a love letter treasure map

saying something about

‘in case of emergency’

 

So I go to my drawer and find my

cereal box secret decoder ring

to decode your internal scars

 

And for external scars I use a

toy store telescope

backwards because they’ll look smaller

 

Forgotten wounds are rediscovered

with a cracked and dusty crystal ball

from a back of the closet toy box

 

To uncover hidden clues I put your

abandoned diary in a

Close ‘n Play phonograph and

listen to the silence

 

To learn from tears you have left as a wake

I move weightlessly across black water

like Jesus or a bug

 

And when I reach the other shore

with a dime store shovel and pale

I dig where the X marks the spot

 

In a loose dirt shallow grave is a

Peter Pan treasure chest

I flip the latch and open the lid

to find your pink pillow case

empty except for my old Magic 8 Ball

that quietly says to me

‘Reply hazy, try again’

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Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. In his writing, Steven captures the exhilaration, pain, and frustration of love, all the while making you strive to find the perfect balance. His work will pierce your heart with memories of love gone bad or an undying commitment to not let that happen to you - pain, truth, and appreciation pour out of his words. Steven's works have appeared in Inwood Indiana Press' Tracks, Voices 2, Donut Factory, Words+Pictures, Ink Monkey Magazine, The Germ, The Voices Project, Pocket Thoughts, and Indigo Rising UK.

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