Monday, February 15, 2010

I Forget

 Valentine's Day poem #14 is up.  I was a few minutes late but Nina Simone songs deserve to be listened too closely.  This one is inspired by her song "For a while." Blessings Lovers!


I forget
By Ieisha McIntyre

Just for this moment love –
Kiss my hand and take me for a drive around town,
With the windows rolled down,
In the dead of winter.  Let’s do something that defies all sense.

Just for a little while,
Let us be the last human beings on earth.
Kiss me in the street, pull up flowers by the root,
Kill off all other traps of human life, and remember only
Me.

Look at me first my love. 
Look at me first when you think of your tomorrow, make me
The central player.

Pull yourself away from the influence of friends and privilege. Choose me,
I will forget your avoidance. 
I will forget and go on
Not one hour has passed in my day.
I live only for your love.

For all that guides me in this world is my love for you.
I forget—
You are gone.


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Just Friends


The following poem was inspired by Nina Simone's version of "Every Time We Say Goodbye."


Just Friends
By Ieisha McIntyre

Standing free of your touch,
my lips remember you.

Every time.


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The Prairie


 Valentine's Day Challenge poem #12.  I'm having an ekphrastic day! This one was inspired by listening to Lucia Micarelli . (Click this link to hear the exact song that inspired this poem!)  

The Prairie
By Ieisha McIntyre

The prairie, outstretched and vast in its greenness. 

You are farther away than ever the years or distance could make.
Close held in memory is the strength of your arms,
The heft of your weight against thighs.
Your breath against my neck—
Only the touch of the breeze as it contorts itself through the pillars of the house.

My feet pad gently against the course wood grain of the weatherworn porch. 
Lured toward the light of the setting sun—
I can hear your voice travel through the brush,
Just above the hum of the fireflies as the sunsets.
You rush upon the warm summer wind, graze the hem of my dress, slide finger light
Up the crease of my thighs,
And the curve of my waist,
To the cleft of my breast.
Defenseless, I breathe in the warmth that was you.

And for one moment,
We are shining light of love and harmony. 
We are partner friendship, forever.

But the gathering of night comes to our day,
And the cold creeps into the breeze—
Pounds out the rhythm of ending that all living things hear and deny.

Bare feet to the dusky ground,
I start my evening search for the clothe blown free of the line,
Call the cat,
Draw the water and wash the porch free of the dust of the day,
Lend coolness to the night’s thoughts.
Speak softly, gently the words that came from your lips.

Look my love—
All the plain is amber and orange.
Red.

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Valentine's Day Challenge

I know I'm behind in my Valentine's Day challenge that I set for myself.  I was at a loss for inspiration, and you know how that can be.  So I went on writing other things.  But here I am back again and only 3 poems behind.  So my goal for today is to write three more before midnight. I hope they will improve in tone.  If they don't, oh well!  I hope you can get something out of them.  Please feel free to comment! I've included a link to  The Handbook of Heartbreak: 101 Poems of Lost Love and Sorrow so that you can take a peak of some of the masters of lost love poetry.  See if you can roll with the big boys!


Python Heart
By Ieisha McIntyre

My love, can you adore me?
Even though my heart is enraged
And in full flame
And lost to concealment?

Beloved.
Can you love me? Can you take all of my acerbic charms?
Can you stand faithful even when I cannot stand you?
Even though in full two year old tantrum—
I insist you stay
While shouting NO. 
Will you tolerate my lost nature and directionless heart?
My childish mistrust of anything
That doesn’t look like mommy’s hand?

I promise. I’ll pay you back.
I’ll pay you back—
For every scar I place on your heart and your soul.
I’ll pay you back in kisses and caress,
I’ll give you every beautiful moment I can muster
From the turmoil of my warring heart.

I’ll let you become addict to narcotic me. 
I promise you won’t feel pushed upon. 
Not until you are fully hooked upon
Me and all my poison.

I promise, you are my antidote. 
I will help you be more than prince,
More that savior.
I will let you be more than methadone.
I will let you be cure.
If you can love me.

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