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

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}


Posted on 03/19/2011
Copyright © 2024 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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