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by Melanie J Yarbrough

scrubbing off nail polish
when he walks in
his voice is static, paper thin
his seduction is transparent-

summer nights are fans
and that sticky place behind my knees
I discover after sitting for a while.
Feel the bead of unearned sweat slide between the blades
of my
shoulders,
tracing spine

07/30/2008

Author's Note: found in an old file with the word oh in it.

Posted on 07/30/2008
Copyright © 2022 Melanie J Yarbrough

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 07/31/08 at 12:51 AM

I agree with Sarah Mae. I reads well but you could go a lot of places with it.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 07/31/08 at 06:21 PM

i find it difficult to come back to poems written so long ago. maybe revision, but not addition. you know?

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 08/02/08 at 03:18 PM

i can't help but feel that something is missing here, but at the same time there is a separation between the two stanzas and characters that i think is about perfect... there is so much said here...

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/03/08 at 12:10 AM

Feel the humid night, the sultriness, the lack of desire even though "seduction is transparent".

Posted by Richard Vince on 06/23/19 at 09:40 PM

a most deserving POTD. so much atmosphere in so few words.

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