Theme: Lovers Unacquainted-For
Note: the italicized section in the 7th frame is taken from Stanley Burnshaw's The Seamless Web.
In fetal-curl their bodies alight
his left arm about her
torso, hers down the side of the twin
mattress welling in — still
the sense of, Which arm is holding
in place the first
who’ll fall from sleep?
Held/beheld asleep with a raw
Presuming all, he is
without covers, without memory
at the dark mercy of a pale and face
-less woman lowering against him,
his eyelids, moist as lips, lose
this dream as well?
Footsteps and voices out
5 waking senses surface rampant to the
of a stranger’s penis still in
-side her — as a lucider
light unveils a spread of fingers
lukewarm, clamped crab-like/grass root
-ing beyond the smooth of her stomach.
Hungover a backside bent double and red
Basic and electric rhythms of the brain
to which one’s entire organism desires
its return when disturbed by crisis —
1st-move lovers lean off bed’s waysides
to abandon dawn/ing bodies’
harmony, for private music/’s