one cheek yellow oxidized, burnished down from her right handing eye. the other, red, a late falling dusk afternoon wildflower remembering, a trace of legs striding through long limbered stalks. a scent of water bent, a river moved, more pervasive than. here’s what drew the bees into step danced story regard for her. one last taste of flame, then sleep.
one eye, a reasoned logic fair, sympathetic, a sail’s salt thirst eager to be spent. you’d give your breath for a glance. even just one. the other, beneath an arching sliver of greenish cheese fragrant moon, then just here, right aside where your fingers blush a yearning touch, begins from afar laying across a field of snow. one star at the apex of unvarnished sight.
a nose that is the scent of earth and skin just after rain’s first fall.
lips, two rubies embedded over blacknight beneath wind sheared sheets. hear how they render meaning into whispered words like a kiss. please, once more!, takes flight more swift than thought. no fence will sway depart, in other words. we follow as a canyon does your voice.
hair as windswept nest to crowning thorns that all summits are. then stir the sky, holding blind day and stalking night into a single radiance.
at root a jill-in-the-box, a song’s refrain is how she breathes and how we know her name. our voices a circle of tone. here’s the painted proof, pudding done right, the sails gone tight, a tillered hand. a brush that fingers hold, no ordinary face, her gaze that answers snowy doubt.
vision gathers experience.
she, a perfect wife.
neil reid © november 2012
An abstract view of an abstract portrait. Answer to the question, what is it? A draft. (because I’m sick, and focus don’t wanna come out and play) Also and unexpectedly, a response to the prompt, write a love poem without using the word “love”. Didn’t think this poem was “that”, but realized in writing it, that it was. My attraction to the abstract I realized is more than simply a matter of taste, but expresses how I feel in relationship with the experience of being here.
Written for the We Write Poems prompt #131, Unexpectedly, love. Read the prompt for more detail if you wish.