A Better Lover

I've Not Dared

I've not dared,

to answer friends

or even look at things:

The roaring bear of poetry

comes forth;

I speak in tongues...

My only true soul tears,

rips, eviscerates, everything,

then observes dispassionately,

it goads me along, to create

or die pubically, without remorse

for my person, or yours,

I'm hollowed out as the words begin.


I'd seen such midnight blue on moth wings

and soft as powder the sky where stars multiply

too quick to name them,

I hang out my door

like any whore

flashing thighs to inner moons

no one can witness how I make

love to all living things-

and how it makes love to me

right back

slowly alder begins to sway,

then birch comes next-

I call the wind from Hatcher's Pass,

down from ethereal height

to tear down the valley,

lick my lips for water, and it rains...

washing away prints, scars of humankind

from my soul...


Curiuos vessel, this sacred earth...

bring to it a child's joy,

and percieve wisdom.

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swb78 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

Loved it--great "word smithng," voting up!


Ghost32 4 years ago

Awesome, Lily--even though it is a man saying so.:)

I would never have thought of "the roaring lion of poetry", had you not penned the phrase, but you gave this teeth and claws, hide and hair, flesh and bone. Well done.

Voted Up and Beautiful. Would have said Stunning, had there been such a button.

May the blessings be.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Lily how could you know I went through this just last night?! Wrung out like a dishrag from all the betrayals of man but in love with God's created planet even deeper. I say yet again-get a book done girl. Don't make me come up there!


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

A beautifully executed piece. Wonderful fusion of language, feeling, cadence that transcends your personal feeling and becomes art. Damn! you do this personal-to-persona-to-new expression/old experience movement so effortlessly. One (believe it or not) little slip in grammar which actally DOES matter--I'm pretty sure at stanza two, line 12, you want "they make" rather than "it makes". Voted Up, Awesome, and anything else I can hit.

Regardless of the poem, it just ain't true that all men are assholes! Don't give up on us all.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I understand Men to mean humankind, not just the male sex. Am I correct Lily?


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Now, now Hyph--the Generic is MAN, not "Men", and if the poet actually did mean it to be Generic, then (see the closing lines) she would be saying that up to now she had been making love to men AND women, and that kind of inclusiveness just doesn't seem to work here.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

But it was capitalized and that made me think what I thought. Now I am 'fused. LILY, where are you? Did that bear get you?


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Natural World 4 years ago from Oklahoma 2012

Lovely.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

Oh boy! SWB, Thanks! Ghost 32, (our ghost?) Long time no see! Natural world, wonderful name and thank you. Yes, guys, I meant the creatures that believe that Football is a religion, but I think it says more about my lack of perception that I date the clunkers, because Iknow not all guys are A-holes! Please, Hy, come up here and beat some sense into me, then we sip a nice Pernod. Moon, you and anyone like you is definitely Not an a-hole. Yove yaz, and thank you for your kind words! It's my weekend, so I think I might get a six pack of Modelo Negro... got a real penchant for the stuff these days... anyway... love yaz, lily


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Hyph -- gotcha! Hey -- how goes the Satan article? Hmm -- that should've bee Private. . .


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Okay you won this round. I don't mind though. Actually I have been working on the Satan article. He is fascinating and so much more powerful and powerless than most of us realize.

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