London (II)

I’m breathing in London skies,
trying to imagine that you are here.

Filling the absence besides me.

My memories of you
are like a map of longing
with no beginning and no end

just your endless cityscapes
playing like mixtapes in my mind.

I will always miss the almosts
that became nevers between us

and you will always be
my city of regret,

populated by a million missed chances
and a thousand unspoken somethings
that belie the love beneath.

© Keighley Perkins


About handshedown

Keighley Perkins is a Cardiff-based poet whose influences include Anis Mojgani, Selima Hill and Richard Brautigan. Her work has previously been published in "Acumen", "Elbow Room", "Erbacce", "Fire", "Northwind" and "Obsessed with Pipework". She can also be found online on Twitter at @handshedown. View all posts by handshedown

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