“when we slipped skins” ~ a poem

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when we slipped skins

by Valentine Bonnaire c. June 2013 valentine@valentinebonnaire.com

our eyes closed against each other
lashes trembling, starry-eyed climax
purity in the two, spinning back time

& you and i in that bed we’d made up
all night long the sea pouring in
old salt is what i wanted to call you
salty-tongued, salted skin
our heated coupling where you dripped

or i dripped down
the honeyed pathway of all our other loves
a quickening

~

you were tidal in me, into the far away
into the so close, i wanted to weep
nobody else could hold me like that
all night long, all morning long, all afternoon
for you something surged

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something slipped my skin, under the sleepy moon
golden disk rising here and setting there, our starry conclusions

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only your skin, that shell of you
only closed eyes
only breathing, breathpoems
only something penned
in the crinkled corners of your eyes
in your poppy-footed surety,
a bunched bouquet
once in this lifetime
leige lord of the moon and sun
lamplight of my heart, lost

~

a meeting place of waves

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