10 September 2009

read write prompt #91...Part Two

read write prompt #91: the self as memory, or vice versa, by celebrity guest poet joseph o. legaspi

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Part Two:

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PURSUIT
by Christina Hile

When she runs
her fingers through
my hair,
I am ready,
ready to tear
off my clothes,
to burn,
to arise as
something new,
but even in
the perfect arch of
her pinky
as she smokes
her Chesterfield,
it perches
on the threshold.

I've found
religion,
6, 7, 99
times, every time
it's going to
be different,
but every time
it finds its way in,
until it hangs
by silver claws
in the air,
like gauze.

When she traces
her tongue along
my intersecting limbs,
I am ready,
ready to lie upon
the willow branches,
to be her vessel,
to bleed again,
and again, three times
again, but even as
she bends, her back
curved like the
f-holes on a cello, it
lands feet-first on
my chest, heavy
as a stone.

1 comment:

poeticgrin said...

Hey penpal! WHAT a poem! I was tempted to send this to you next time and surprise you with your own work - that's how much I love this poem.

"I've found
religion,
6, 7, 99
times, every time
it's going to
be different,
but every time
it finds its way in,
until it hangs
by silver claws
in the air,
like gauze"

This is the first poem of yours that I've read. I'm excited to explore and find more! If this is any indication, I'm in for a treat.

- Bryan