Aleksandar Obradovic

Rookie (12 April 1959 / Belgrade, Serbia)

To Deny - Poem by Aleksandar Obradovic

to deny
excitedness of fragrances, tightening of skin
bursting of grape's skin underneath teeth
warmness of sun on eyelids
american twilights with aeroplanes
chinese mist with barges
growth of nails and hair, and its shine
blossoming creepers and palm trees, lichen on rocks
paint on walls and temples
sculptures gleaming in the sun
a dream, awakening, activities of a day
a smile of a child, arms upraised
sharpness of stones on soles
tingling of sea around a body
all the joy and sadness of this illusory material energy
a hand in hair, on a shoulder, on chest
a hand in hand
sweetness and hotness of spices on a palate
honey on lips
reverence before the columns of a temple
live angels made of marble
desires of a soldier, nostalgy of an emigrant
care of parents
hands folded in a prayer
the need to remember, to forget
the look of love
everything I would do for you
years spent in waiting, a life-time
laughter and stiffness of a throat
harmonies and churping of sparrows
the power of a jaw, of a handshake, of a look
living for something else
another shape, another shine
remembering, if but at the last moment
a longing for freedom, for oneness, for Him
returning to the most wonderful planet
in the most wonderful form…

i want this all over again
an arm over a shoulder, a kiss in a harbour

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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