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Apsis | Atonement : Two Bodies One

by Richard Paez

Apsis | Atonement : Two Bodies One
At One Moment {I Wake to Dream I Wake}


I Dream :

To reach out, touch
in fingertip communion,
interlocking fingerprints entwined
as palm slides across palm,
wrist against wrist
pulse matching pulse –

Two hands folding
in visceral telepathy, tracing
one wordless, choral prayer
reverberating liaisons:
two bodies, one Eucharist
speaking in shared voice –


: To Wake :

To reach out now,
palm against palm, when
you’re just a breath,
just a hand’s width away
to hold out
for propriety’s sake,

for goodness’ sake,
now, when goodness
is nothing
but the everything
that is your hand in mine
[at(one{mo}ment)]

Our pending contact,
imminent communion,
forsworn Eucharist
circling this stretching moment
gravity and inertia
to hold out


: I Dream

or god, please,
to give in
dive the flood,
to see distance
and resistance
swept away –
slippery slopes,
cascade failures,
to revel in beautiful apocalypse
framed by celestial collapse:
apogee and periapsis
simultaneously so close
and so far


{I dream to wake I dream | I wake to dream I wake}

03/19/2011

Posted on 03/19/2011
Copyright © 2019 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 03/19/11 at 05:39 PM

...i like your writing. this is why. the way this one 'looks' at you, wakes you[the reader]to the break in divisions of difference and that ain't easy to do, myman. well done.

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