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you ride with him

heart-stoppingly

the emotional

roller coaster of youth.

affectionately

avert your gaze

from a discharge

of pent up rage.

 

but your soft centre

can still be touched

by his broken-heartedness,

his disappointment

as tangible to the onlooker

as a grazed elbow,

nursed with a pout

after a playground tumble.

 

he redlines,

revives,

survives on the edge of glory.

yields utterly,

tragically, to despair,

then surfaces like a

long distance swimmer

coming up for air.

 

imperiously

issues orders

and demands,

tosses his head

like a prima donna

expecting tribute.

but his sudden sweet smile

or heartfelt hug on victory

 

melts antagonisms

cancels doubts,

windscreen-wipes

minor misdemeanours

from your memory,

reels you right back in,

in some uncanny reversal

of catch and release.

Elemental‘ is the first in a trilogy of poems about Sascha Zverev. The second is ‘Adolescent‘ and the third ‘Disarmed‘.

 

 

 

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