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#166

navel                      (published in Chanterelle’s Notebook, 2007)

orange wedges
          huddle
   to protect their nakedness
rags of their skin
   cling to the outside
   trying to replace
                         the safety of the peel

but even in a gentle world
their juice is too tempting

I pull out a wedge
          and isolate it
          in its shyness
                         (it curves like a woman’s arch)

I take its juice for my own

I will give it my skin, now,
          for protection

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in previously published

 

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#150

lament for my right hand                   (published in Poem, May 1999)

I want something solid
to come from this hand
something to prolong its life
so I can say,
“See there. That arrow
that is sticking in the ground.
Touch it.
It came from my living hand
that is not yet bleeding.”

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in previously published, springboards

 

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#124

I can go nowhere faster                          (published, Zuzu’s Petals 1995)
          than to death.
Even my breathing knows this.
Sometimes
I enjoy that speed–
     the light speed of life.
I feel the air
     push out of my body
     and I wait, hoping
     it will return.
                (and sometimes not)

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in previously published

 

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