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Two Juliets will never crave a Romeo

by Angela Stevens

And maybe it’s because two Juliets will never
crave a Romeo.

I am jealous because she is the painting.
phosphorescently naked at pale twilight
in the glow of mystical aurora. she dances.
her legs spliced in lusting stance: I will not take her.
[I am but the frame: the outline to something greater.
She takes me to her womb, but not in a lavish tongue.
In a silent entrapment; milk soaked Elysium
and nourishes me like the child I am]

At the time of passing
when our lips really do bleed: we will wear it like lip gloss
thick and smeared; smouldering and gluttonous.
[I want to gather my thoughts on leashes
and muzzle them into silence.
but we won’t get away with it]
I spoke no truths to my taker in my soul baring state;
I’m a bland dull canvas with a crusted paint image of the sea.
in his eyes. the watcher of the water will wait for an insolent
gasp to his bony structure; his brittle fingers on that oar.
We willed him to turn and see our soundless undoing.
Instead of reading our pleasure filled thoughts;
because we all [on occasion] embrace that handless clasp.

We both smiled.
with parched darkbloodiedcongealedcovered lips
[we are dirty and cruel. We smirk at there failings]
He never saw it coming: Oh!
how we grinded to dust the lifeless bones
of a martyr. as though it were our passion.
We took what was left of his being
He is sailing on dead waters; blasphemous calm;
like the strands of a spent saviour
ripped from the source of his own musings.

She shines full circle and swallows my fruition because now
We too. are heavenly creatures. in the fourth world.


Author's Note: Dr Bennett says of Pauline: "She'll probably grow out of it. And if not, well, medical science is progressing in leaps and bounds. There could be a cure any day." A quote from the film Heavenly Creatures. One of my poems from way back but my favourite as it always makes me watch Heavenly Creatures.

Posted on 07/22/2011
Copyright © 2023 Angela Stevens

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mo Couts on 07/22/11 at 03:06 AM

This brought tears to my eyes...thank you for this, Angela.

Posted by Jody Pratt on 07/22/11 at 03:49 AM

This is an amazing poem in itself with unique and brilliant imagery, exemplified by a superb choice of vocabulary. Brilliant. Outstanding. Vivid. Memorable.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 07/22/11 at 04:04 PM

Quite exceptional in depth, vocabulary, movement, passion.

Posted by Richard Vince on 07/25/11 at 08:03 PM

mm. this is marvellously vivid. in those relatively few lines, you've created a world in my mind's eye, illustrated in ink and moonlight.

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