Monday, April 06, 2009

William Michaelian: Desire

Inside the flower, down the stem,
into the roots — a dark hum:
that’s where we learn about desire,
that’s where the sun can’t hear
what we’re whispering.

But I have other ways of finding out —

And the wind blows, and it leaves us
with nothing but hard, dry clods,

pale lips, coffin wood . . .
and no flowers to lay upon them.

I wrote about it in a letter once;
it came back unopened,
like a pack of unclaimed seed.

I tore off the end;
the sun was laughing . . .

I cursed until it rained.

September 2, 2008

From Songs and Letters, reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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