i. the parting gift

by Richard Paez

just a drop to wet my mouth, please
i feel my lips-and-tongue cracking
i have no right to ask you anything
but i am thirsty
so i'll do my best to repay your favors
and despite my thirst
try to scrape (myself from you)
restore the almost-innocent,
just-slightly-tarnished you
that dim-shone before
dry-mouthed and teething
i dammed you (and damned you)
in the hopes of fertile fields replanting

(it seems i never managed
to inherit mother's green thumb
i became pesticide and defoliant
starving to starve
all i labeled pests)

i would like to plant another lie
and watch it blossom and bear fruit
spit seeds that taste
bitter(i am what you made me)sweet
but i don't think you'd fall
for my venus-fly-trickery

i'll ask one more time
just one drop please,
then i'll leave
i know i have no right to ask you
but i am thirsty
just as you were


Author's Note: Written some time after reading tissi’s ‘lesser charm(ed) - cleanscraped.’ Thank you, dragonsister.

Posted on 10/28/2002
Copyright © 2020 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 08/23/03 at 04:05 PM

Tremendous imagery. I find myself thinking on all sort of spiritual themes. Great read.

Posted by Amanda L Marron on 09/07/04 at 08:39 PM

"i dammed you (and damned you)"....my fav line in this piece.....i can't find words to even tell you how much of an awesome writer you are. you are so twisting with your words that i don't think i can even leave you a decent comment worthy of such poems.

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