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Contributor Series 4: Aspects of the Elephant, His Muse Commands


03.02.10 Posted in Contributor Series 4, today's words by

How better to end a contributor series about love than with a love poem from a muse to her writer? Listen to Annmarie read this poem and talk on the Cassie Premo Steele Poetry Show about Contributor Series 4: Aspects of the Elephant.

Contributor Series 4: Aspects of the Elephant

His Muse Commands
By Annmarie Lockhart

“‘Write more and kiss me’
are the two requests you
most often ask of me,” he said.
I laughed because he was right.
So I wrote him this.

Your words are your mind,
your mouth, your body.
And I am starved
for the sound of you.

You are a force of creation,
and I am the source
of inspiration
mutual need
to speak/to hear
to write/to read.
These bodies,
yours and mine,
beautiful and alive,
lie apart and alone tonight
and for so many nights,
mute and impatient,
desert ranging between
three-day oases.

I ask my Poet,
my Servant,
my Master,
write more and kiss me
for I am starved
for the taste of you.
Desire fed page upon page,
by reading you.
Make your words
a channel of touch,
a wash cut through
uncountable miles
of parched sandy stretches.
Keep kisses skimming
our spaces intimate,
spilling from your lips
and pouring love like rain
down these bodies
on these pages
through these
storm-built
gullies.

For I am starved sick
with need to read
the poetry
of you.

Annmarie Lockhart’s poetry (Signify the Apple; Narrator; Sagres, Portugal; Bone Fragments) has appeared at vox poetica in 2009.



6 Responses to “Contributor Series 4: Aspects of the Elephant, His Muse Commands”

  1. Kay Middleton says:

    Love a love poem that is true. This one is F-I-N-E!

  2. I felt this to my core. Such an outreach for love.

  3. Ray Sharp says:

    An enthralling conclusion to a wonderful month of poetry! This is exactly what poetry was put on Earth for. Best for last, Annmarie Lockhart!

  4. Jessie Carty says:

    Did it suddenly get hot in here? 🙂

    Love it!

  5. bobbie troy says:

    I was going to say you saved the best for last, but Ray beat me to it. Love the poem and loved hearing you read it.

  6. Jean says:

    So sensuous; it gets under the skin, smooth as satin. Thank you Annmarie.

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