embroidery sets us apart but not much else

by Steven Kenworthy

carriages & ships, airplanes, some steps. castle

gardens, field. acres of fountains. darling, dear,
bicyclekicks in the ocean take us everywhere
bamboo rafts on the sand take us nowhere. monuments

we are traveling like family the XIV.
distant distance. far from home far from apart

it may seem, the monarchy

struggles to stay afloat watch the shore, good things
everything worth having in this world has a sword
sensations news of you, i'd kill for the afternoon's battle
royale your face has royalty about it

a throne or two, a crown on a painting above your bed.
a king does not give up on his queen.

he will bury his selfishness with a monogrammed shovel
all will know. all hail being unselfish.

your majesty, your golden curtains.
we can wash them everyday the sun will stay the same
the grass, the sky
i will bite your kiss and call the nobles the night is

we do not have to resemble the architecture, just
be strong in storms. wear every robe you know that
looks like love and
embroidery sets us apart but not much else.


Author's Note: if you want to be one of the great romances of the 21st century: you have to fight like it. not my best:but i like it.

Posted on 04/19/2007
Copyright © 2018 Steven Kenworthy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Therese Elaine on 04/19/07 at 02:58 AM

*claps hands* Oh this I like hon, I really do -the imagery is fantastic!!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/19/07 at 02:25 PM

"we are traveling like family the XIV." I love the royal family references in this - the monogrammed shovel, "a king does not give up on his queen" (although I am reminded of some beheadings in days of yore :) ), "I will bite your kiss"!!!, the very important line "just be strong in storms" and the wonderful clincher "embroidery sets us apart but not much else." I like it also!

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 04/19/07 at 05:00 PM

this is brilliant. i don't know where to begin. see also: every comment i have ever left you.

Posted by Kristine Briese on 04/20/07 at 03:34 PM

This is wonderful! I love the royal references and the imagery.

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 04/22/07 at 08:15 AM

A breathless encompassing... of a vast sweeping romance...the royal allusions serve to lay bare the basic underpinnings of life and love, there so close to the surface that the "embroidery" only so lightly covers. And then amidst the sky and the enduring sun, you "bite the kiss" take passion whole. Wonderful scope and sweep. Ah and all done with words...I almost forgot it's all so real.

Posted by A. Paige White on 12/04/07 at 04:00 AM

"we do not have to resemble the architecture, just be strong in storms." Went off like fireworks on the clearest night. I think I've lived this motto, in a very rebellious way, lol, most of my life. The following thought draws me back in, to an infinite degree, I've seen some awesome robes and even the one prepared for me. I feel quite sure the tailor knew I just hate seems. It's quite seemless. *winks*

Posted by Lauren Singer on 01/15/08 at 04:27 PM

that last stanza is key. you could break hearts that way. but you know that.

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