Friday, April 08, 2005

The Next First Time

Have you ever dipped your hand in water
To catch a fish? In the same way, lover,
I think our souls have been in hot pursuit
These past few million years.

The last life: two butterflies in the shelter
Of a flat leaf, from rain. And, once,
My mother. You held me and held me until I ran away.
Another time, strangers passing in the street.
Scarves flapping on that windy day. One hot look,
Not quickly forgot, was all that would hold me
For the next century.

Faster and faster in a backward spiral:
Deadly rivals -
Partners in a race -
A lion and a gazelle -
A mosquito feeding from my blood -
Two brothers napping -
The soldier who killed my father -
The man who pulled me from an icy river -
A hunter, pausing, to chew the juicy leaf of my basil bush -
Two bumblebees bobbling slow to circle the same rose -
The rock trips my horse-
Slow mud crabs miles under water -
Green lichen on an ocean stone -
Two specks given life by lightning -
Each of these lives just a flicker from one fire,
Which consumes equally betrayal, friendship, longing, lust,
Grief, pity, love, sweetness, salt.

You kissed me in the shower. A waterfall
Off your nose, down your shoulderblades, off your cock.
And then we hugged until bones cracked,
Trying to get close enough
But it didn't work.
Now I lie alone in bed and think your breath
Tickles my cheek.
Next time will I know you?
Will I see you for who you really are
In all the earth, the wind, the rain, the fire?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's amazingly beautiful.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help me Dude, I'm lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw Elvis in the supermarket yesterday.

No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new plasmatv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a plasma tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger then I'm gonna go home and ask Michael Jackson to come round and watch that waaaay cool surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on my new plasma tv .

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

10:38 AM  

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