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lilac (or it's better than numb)

by Katie Dean

me siento tan consado
come up behind me while the water is boiling on the stove and put your arms around me puso sus brazos alrededor de mí pull my hair to one side put your chin on my shoulder
oleander and cocoa powder
milk and ivory
eyes are tired honey and musk

cloves and jasmine aqui! estoy aqui!
rosemary mint and pear

burnt orange and velvet
menta romero y pera menta romero y peramenta romero y pera permanentes
a fig a fig cut in two, its insides leaking onto

hold icy marbles tide in. tide out
be still heartbreak take all of it
vanilla and watch the leaves
there is something cold and dead in me
just be quiet
for a minute
"No se quedará atrás"


Posted on 10/19/2010
Copyright © 2024 Katie Dean

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 10/19/10 at 02:59 AM

There's something I love about this, but in leaving this comment, I can't seem to narrow it down and describe it. In the meantime, I'll just say that the last stanza is fantastic.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 10/19/10 at 07:25 PM

A sense of purpose and creativity that's just impossible not to completely get into. This is wonderful stuff right on into that terrific last stanza.

Posted by Steve Michaels on 10/20/10 at 03:17 AM

These lines are SUPERchocolate: "a fig a fig cut in two, its insides leaking onto tealeavesteastainstearupandfeelitforrealitsbetterthannumb"

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 11/12/10 at 11:49 PM

i like it when a poem stirs the senses to the very edge =)

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