Poetry

HUNGER

Hunger is to reach arms across the sea, there’s a distance

Over which words will not keep, excepting formulae

Like fish and dream and surrender. I’ve seen the pale child

On the biscuit line, faith the name of its every step

 

Lift of veteran paddle hitting the surface, causing ripples

Then up again—I am the waiting to strike your hearth again

I’m in that waiting to be loved, a god no longer, a mere child

Sequestered from your breasts and womb

 

Words are rascals in the market square speaking in tongues

Bearing messages different from intended. Let arms in arms

Speak instead, of a sense of self glimpsed in your eye once

And my strange loyalty to bear witness to your rising

 

Love me, lover, without thinking of lines, as fish wisely live

Passportless in the flow of sea. Hunger wants to love like that

Even in the muteness of knowing words will not do. My arms

My emissaries are, not this poem—beloved, do not turn away.

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