And This Is Why


Open double-breasted Earth

with Appalachian

and Alpen buttons

Spread pinstriped meadows

to expose

the Atlantic

chest.

Ready for the fingers

and breath at-one-with

the beating

no longer hidden

beneath silken land

Let loose

subtle duldrums

for rest to return

serene

while another side

remains unseen.

* * *

Oh, what passion to tear

open

your dress and leave

flung hook-and-clasp

Japan

As up

under

another hand reaches

toward subcontinent

sending blushes

across Mesopotamia and stiff-legged Africa

still draped

in dress

All the while nibbles

are taken to

Bering Strait

Around the frills still clutching

Russian, Canadian,

Alaskan

sun shy skin.

* * *

Praise

is not enough

for this world

not yet mutilated.

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13 thoughts on “And This Is Why

  1. Nice metaphor — not obvious which is the metaphor and which is the topic — which makes very interesting. Very well written.

    Thanks for the link to the Adam Zagajewski poem. New poet for me, so glad that you brought this poem and poet to my attention!

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