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Does a compass ever lie?

To escape this white winter landscape

Is to travel NORTH to where your ice-melting sun rises

I long for the heat from the friction of your muscles; my hot cocoa,

and the warmth of your arms wrapped around my skin; the blanket in wait

But I vaguely recall that I’ve been here before

I can see faint footprints carved in the snow

Being covered with fresh powder snowflakes

That have turned the chase cold

After all this time, I’m still walking in circles

Around the crystallized cage that caged us both

In my hands, your small blue compass

A single red needle dutifully pointing NORTH

And yet, I feel I’m more SOUTH than ever or

Perhaps a bit SOUTHEAST from your outpost

I’ll soldier on for you

Carving new tracks from old

Over icy gripping specs above the dry soil

I hold the cashmere scarf you gave me close to my breast

As to impede the chilly wind

From deterring my will of finding you safe

But I must stop to catch my breath

And out of the corner of my eye

I see the tree we made love under

Now covered in a sheet of frozen cotton

Firmly attached to where there was once life

It must be an illusion

For your compass reads right


With each dreary step

I can almost taste the salt on you neck

And, in my head, we have already turned

This fragile cage into our very own lovenest

But just when I think I’ve passed this ill-fated test

The compass shifts

It now reads: DUE WEST

Does a compass ever lie?


Carolina, Puerto Rico

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