The Rainy Month of Julie

I wrote this poem in the winter of 2015. It was inspired by Kevin Olusola’s performance of Julie-O by Mark Summer.


She
Lights up rain-soaked sidewalks
Melting tears with a paint brush
She
Holds every inch of my skin
Highlighting freckles and frown lines in gold
She
Is the sunshine that I can’t quite feel
In my waking moments
Because it is only in my mind that
She
Is as brilliant, as warm
As hot lazy days
As justifiably bittersweet as summer rain
In July
She
Is caught short
Stunted by a simple 31 days because
She
Makes me forget about summer stickiness and sweat
She
Makes me fall in love with the way eyes blink and mouths twitch
And the shiny wet glaze on the bridge of sun-stroked noses
She
Makes me stop
And invite thunderstorms to picnics as dates
The reigning paragon of the imperfect
Joy as the underdog to the chaotic unplanned
She
Catches me in a web spun of sleeping moments
Of thoughts as light as ashes
That feather away in the daylight
And even though her smile is brief
She
Is too bright for 31 days
Because there are more than 31 things that make her too beautiful
Too like heaven
To ever be confined to blossom in a man-made schedule of months
She
Dances on water
Sprinkles on dew
She
Burns through closed eyelids
Her life a hot shimmering star
She
Shows me my true form at sunset
My honest silhouette
Because there is nothing too dark
Too opaque
That does not glow truer to its content when
She
Is present
She
Is the path ahead of cracked and swollen feet
She
Is the light that x-rays skeletal leaves
She
Is yellow and
She
Is my sun
On warm rainy days

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