Wednesday, March 21, 2012

World Poetry Day

Happy World Poetry Day.

To celebrate, here is a new poem from one of my favourite poets.

afternoon nap

our knees breathe in sync
her leg wrapped around mine
the hole in her jeans a reminder
of work I should have done
her ink stained fingers touch
my rough dry cheek

while she naps
my thoughts swing from folding
clothes to hurts that can befall
this trusting girl
I can only shake them
where her head dips
in time with my breath

I store this closeness
guard it, feed it slivers
of  certain love
for those inevitable times
when the pendulum
will swing to the other side

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