Tag: kisses


Conspiracy

Here in the place you left, I stay
vigilant through the days of your absence
and begin to notice
a pattern: slight but unmistakable
suggestions, unlikely coincidences
among the day's arrangement of smiles,
daylight, flashes of delight.
Here in the place you left
longing, a conspiracy vast
beyond imagining takes …
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Raspberry

Taking me
not seriously
but tenderly
the Mother makes it better
with a kiss that turns
into a raspberry.
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A Clarification

"And these were Heavenly because
he never saw them clear enough
to satisfy his love, his need
to see them all again, again."

Wendell Berry

of all the human beings in the world,
any of whom could and would disappoint me,
all of whom can and …
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Humans

The first time I ever kissed a girl
on a couch, what struck me
most was not elation or desire
but the abrupt realization
that other human beings have mass
and fluids and upper lip hair
and probably feelings.
I was not a hot air balloon
drifting to cloud nine …
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Love and Reasons

"Only miserable people will tell you
that love has to be deserved."

—Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means To Me"

Love refuses to be reason's pet, to sit obediently
tied to the causal chain of deservedness
and reasonableness: "Thus", "Therefore", "Because",
"In conclusion, those are the many considered
and appropriate reasons …
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Sustenance and Change

"Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day
Vision help open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn; for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat."

—Wendell Berry, "Sabbaths" (1979, X)


In each system, some …

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