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One thoughtless kiss has fallen
Sweet pressure bolstered by a silver cord
Like birds loosed against my window
My gaze sifts the scattered brilliance

Three light years traveling to your sky
Into these eyes where we first met,
Salt and honey, “bend to me” I said
“But not too far” I like to reach up

My hair, I said, you’ve forgotten my hair
Don’t you know it remembers – keeps everything
Listen! There is your voice and the sigh of my bones
They take up dreams where the living leaves off

You said I was the strange one,
With my coral caves, gypsy looks
And a river running through my breath
A jeweled glittering serpent half-hidden

In straw-grass so high, only the top of my head
Makes a brown curve where the landscape ends
Pleasure spreads, petals open with mystery
Fold into your moss-light, I step into you

Wrapped in your rich white quilt
Tender as portraits of swans whose
Necks are threaded on the open pond
Every place you touch gives way

Caught in some ruby-throated pain
Humming so you could hardly hear
My thighs close to preserve love’s ache
Every moment pearled in their memory

Mindful that even flames need to breathe
You gave me red irises, cloudless skies
Earthbound stars, new folds in time
A dove to thread my days with fresh regard

©Selena Howard,April,2012

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie Catherine permalink
    April 16, 2012 2:56 am

    Selena, I believe this is one of your very best poems you’ve ever written – this is an exquisitely written poem and I love it. Beautiful use of metaphor, with lovely phrasing and word choices. Bravo, girlfriend, this is what I would call a perfect poem. ~ Love, Julie xoxox

  2. poetdaniel permalink
    April 17, 2012 7:29 pm

    I agree with Julie. This is a phenomenal poem.

    • April 17, 2012 7:35 pm

      Thank you Daniel . I’ll submit a couple of my favorites according to your guidelines and see what happens.. Most likely by this weekend. I’ve recently gotten out of the hospital and my energy levels are not quite up to par so things take me a bit longer to do

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