Lift her up

there the hang and fall

bestowed in little curtsies

hemming the space we form

in exultant strong brewed motion

plump on passion your swell against think of light

can I possess, what is unbound?

or will ghosts gather your wicked savageries

plant in ground this divining rod

lightning conducts flame like cautious feline

one brush, my teeth, your skin

panther lolling in banyan tree

emerald leaves the size of clenched fists

slick fruit ripe for the picking

a slice of muscled thigh, a twitch, spice, sigh

rising and falling in cotton swell

pass through the fabric holding us back

nectarine and jasmin

pearl slope of your thin back arched against my hand

dieties take turns to spell focus

wisteria and moon glow

crush of posies, carrying arching silouette

how much I have longed for you

this exact shape and time

in emptiness we find familiar fullness

in loss there is a stranger turn a friend

to bid us back to believing ourselves unpicked

we are part of this weave

tight against fabric, space, destined

as I watch the ribbon in your hair

twisting against itself, trying to work its way loose

there is purpose in the dark damson of your eyes

taking me down from my shabby habit

glass creatures beneath sugared earth

melting against the other

a fusion

the shape of us.

(I had this beautiful idea, two people met
neither one was afterward capable
of loving anyone else with the same intensity
because they were made for each other
every part of them knew, nothing could change that
not all the different people in the world and its various temptations
not anything)

0 Replies to “The shape of us”

  1. Kismet. Soulmate. Fate.

    Sometimes, it’s not the best, even when we think it is, feel it is, or hope for it to be.

    This is beautifully done and the postscript is nearly poetic as well.

    “we are part of this weave
    tight against fabric, space, destined
    as I watch the ribbon in your hair
    twisting against itself, trying to work its way loose
    there is purpose in the dark damson of your eyes
    taking me down from my shabby habit
    glass creatures beneath sugared earth
    melting against the other
    a fusion
    the shape of us.

    (I had this beautiful idea, two people met

    neither one was afterward capable

    of loving anyone else with the same intensity

    because they were made for each other

    every part of them knew, nothing could change that

    not all the different people in the world and its various temptations

    not anything)”

        1. I was reading some of your older work earlier and I just have to say DAMN girl you write a good world! I love your writing – I hope so badly you put your writing together in a book that I can buy one of these soon days (hint hint)

          1. Yes. I am planning on working on that as soon as harvest is over and my world slows back down a bit. It’s mulling around in my brain though. Thanks for the encouragement. I so appreciate it on these dark days of the soul. I feel the same about your writing. So very beautifully done. I’m in awe.

          2. YAY! Well when you do please call on me for any help or support you need because I really believe in your writing and would love to support you to do that. We stand together and we are stronger because of it sister xo

  2. That beautiful idea, be they star-meant, or star-crossed, or both (it seems, so often, both), and the picture painted five-sense wise, to hear, see, touch, smell, taste. Such a meeting and joining could happen all in a single day, but a day that reverberates through two life times.

  3. each love is different. and some loves make others seem pale and wan by comparison. but past is past and present is where the sweet nectar of life is

      1. I almost think that it’s learned. But maybe exposure to the necessity is merely the catalyst for the expression of the ability to love again

        1. Wow that’s deep I had to read that three times to really get what you meant but yeah it could be learned. In my case I just know I can’t go from person to person loving it’s not me and I’m glad it’s not me, so you could say it’s a choice but it’s really my DNA 🙂

          1. Well I can understand that. It would never be how I am. I’m too intense in a really dumb way. I can’t love/break/rebuild/new love but I definitely can see how some can.

    1. Do you? I know it’s an over-used term but I do too. I think if the world is all about just hooking up and friends with benefits and going from one person to another person to another person well i’d opt out. If it’s not more than that, if one person isn’t special, if they don’t influence you emotionally then … what’s important and lasting?

      1. I also think we all go for comfortable and stable, or wild and fun, only focusing on a couple characteristics of our potential partners these days. IMO, that’s why we have so many divorces, there just doesn’t seem to be proper courtship anymore. Call me old fashioned I guess. Perhaps as we continue to evolve, we will become less and less couples oriented. But I believe in soulmates

        1. Do you? I would have said (and maybe this is wildly sexist) that men do not often go for what is comfortable and stable until they are a lot older (about 65 up) before that they go for wild and fun. Women – they can go either way. I have always wanted stable but comfortable? I didn’t really want that. I wanted wild and stable how’s that?! I didn’t need fun or comfort. mmm wonder what that says about me 😉 I definitely think soulmates are RARE you’re lucky if you even meet one, many never do. I’m old fashioned too I dislike how easily people give up

          1. I do as well. Marriage is hard. Being a couple is hard. Living together for your entire adult lives is really hard. I honestly believe more thought goes into the cake and invitations then the actual vows and what the words mean. I agree my friend, I think it is very rare for soulmates to find each other and I envy the ones that do.

          2. Do you think so? I guess I’m naive or unrealistic but i wouldn’t think if it were right that marriage would be hard aside from if you got sick or there were financial problems, I would think it were easier, that’s why married people live longer than unmarried people. But what do I know? I definitely think being alone is harder than being with someone you love who is right for you. And by alone I mean in your soul. But getting married and expecting a cake walk yeah that’s unrealistic and I know a lot of people do that. I agree about it being rare. I wonder if one day people will find it easier to find each other as everything becomes more universal.

          3. No matter how in love to people are, time and circumstances will always challenge your bond. Since you’re two separate souls attempting to exist collectively, you are constantly having to compromise parts of your own life, desires and needs. I think it’s indeed the rarest of relationships that find a couple whom are both so selfless and in love as to agree upon everything. Don’t you think a soulmate would be a relationship akin to identical twins, except as romantic partners? Or perhaps your soulmate doesn’t have to be your romantic partner. Who knows? I’m a hopeless romantic though, so I can talk about this kind of stuff for days 🖤

    1. Thank you dearest friend – did you ever see that movie about people who fell in love on a train? I’m not sure you can actually ‘love’ that quickly and I do believe there is only one or two people in your life time whom you can really truly feel that for, but if you do, you are lucky

        1. Hey three isn’t bad! I think that’s about the most I ever could (love that much) but also I think there are different types of love. Passionate love, yes I don’t have room for more of that but there are equally beautiful loves like love of ones child or love of ones friends. Different but valid.

          1. Oh yes, for sure! I’m thankful to have many loves in my life – friends, family, my parents (who passed away), sons. (I still feel Arlie’s.) All blessings, all beautiful. And some I’ve never met in person. 😊❤️ Yet, that is….☺️

  4. People much more intelligent than me already wrote their praises, so I’ll keep mine to myself. I will say however that I thoroughly enjoyed the piece, and have recently gone through this situation (as I have before, I don’t believe there is only one true match, or soul mate or person you can love with intensity. I would say since we are ever-changing, so are our partners.) I have already said too much.

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