12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

April 5


i found it
held captive in a bottle
from paris, bought in siena
worn with flitty lungs in riomaggiore
it woke on my skin like pollen
like sea scatter

the scent of marjoram
and something beestung
sharp-angled, sun-warmed
planes of sweetness that cellar well on fingers
alter with the tide of sky
a scent of homes, times
other sounds, faces
that weren’t mine then

its currents oversaw the modes by which
we choreographed seating arrangements
all that near-touching made that risotto
the walk, the geraniums
the ocean, the final days
the drive, the decision
the fishhook wound

all the more exquisite

and i have enough to last us until the year’s point
boats us by
after that
we’ll get on with real life


2 comments on “April 5

  1. caroljforrester
    April 6, 2013

    The last stanza is spectacular and as a whole I really liked the use of perfume as the main theme for the piece. It gave the whole thing a really original sense, something I adore to see in poetry.

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