Treasure Island

Ellen Shaw

I knew You once

He lays next to me
I know the slope of his neck
the bulge of his arm
and the valley between his shoulder blades
He sleeps next to me
I know that his breathing slows
and his muscles twitch
and his body becomes heavy
I wake up next to him
I know his smell and his touch
his full mouth that covered my body
and whispered words that commanded me
He lays next to me
I know him not
in the morning light he is a stranger
all I know is the sound of his footsteps as he leaves

Submitted: Sunday, April 08, 2012

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  • Susan Lacovara (4/4/2014 8:51:00 AM)

    In the light of morning, the passionate pulse fades, and so often the face we saw by moo light, appears now, a stranger in the sun...Your write is bittersweet in it's fine construction. I will continue to explore your poetry, and invite you I to mine. PEACE (Report) Reply

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