alfie lee writing


david hockney why
did you paint the shadows but not their leaves

these are the points
of departure

you ask if i can
offer you at least that

we cannot be my love
in the future

until we recall
the past as this

one day you'll view
a hollywood garden

under shady
leafless trees

one day you'll laugh and ask
another member cast

out on a limb
if you remember him

the time
when he seemed so distant

when he could not provide you
satisfactory answers to

a template tempered through
thought temporary

and after
image in your eyes

mind you were there
but barely

saw the light held
without substance

you wrote these words
you never showed

i have to leave


*note to "david hockney why / did you paint the shadows but not their leaves"


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