The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178

 

Volume-2                                                  december -2012                                                Number-2

 

Signifier

                    by Christopher Moylan

Heaven

nevered,

aged out,

constellations

colored in,

fingertips

estranged,

names

aftered, out

of reach…

treaties between,

agreements

among

words

broken,

skin signed

off… Just

as I am

allowed to

breathe

free I am

forced to forget--

watching

memory undress,

the slow curves

change key,

the fur come

in handfuls

from excess--

Pretty soon

The trembling

Is going to talk.

Chance runs out

Of medicine.

Strength leaches

From coasts

Between words.

The pearls I’ve

Been saving

Are unstrung.

Not one to or

For rakes from

The silt, and yet,

All other things

Being immaterial

You wear them

Anyway—

And the rest—

Heaven, fingers,

Words

Follow…

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Love

                    by Christopher Moylan

 

And what of love?

The new thing,

Prepositioned,

 

longed for,

propositioned,

warmed to,

 

predicated,

whispered for

called, inwords

 

forenouns,

foldnouns,

soft, siftward

 

the soothe of it

on the fingertips,

tip of the watchword

 

spelled out

tongue wards…

nownouns

 

dropped

like earrings…

the thing of it

 

Uncolored,

Rainclouds un-

Grammared,

 

Breathheld;

the evening weight

between the eyes,

 

gone, as

silence is,

finger on the key

 

everything

befored, pre-hurt,

treaty-ed,

 

longing pierced

like the skin

of milk

 

and after then

and then, touch

septembered,

 

old-fashioned,

and next, next

meadowed, twi-

 

lit, lips drawing

on lips…

virginwork

 

of light on stems,

mary bearing

jospeh back to

 

bethlehems

and stars

from wine,

 

every birth

gospeled like

water over sand

 

you are this

and only this

you are only

 

sleepish

intimate

folding unfolding

 

in forgetfulness

forlessness,

lessless, fullness...

 

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