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First-Ever vox Poetry Contest 3rd Runner-up: Her Absence

01.10.11 Posted in Contest 1, words to linger on by

Thank you to our guest judges Lisa Marie Basile (Caper Journal), Bryan Borland (Assaracus), Jessie Carty (Referential Magazine), and Brad Nelson (Eclectic Flash) for their tireless work in reading and ranking the 116 entries in the contest. They are the best and you should check out their publications! Much appreciation and admiration to all the writers who entered and congratulations to the winners who faced fierce competition.

First-Ever vox poetica Poetry Contest! Words to Linger on 3rd Runner-up:
Her Absence

By Katrina Guarascio

I do not regret the days

I spent loving you in her absence.

I do not regret your tempered touches

as you searched for her skin under my scales

or the way your eyes reflected 

her sharp chin and freckled chest

when they fell on my frame.

I do not regret the temporal space we created,

these morning gestures

n the folds of sheet and flesh.

Tending your wounds with tongue and time.

You found solace with your elbows on my table,

your dirty feet in my bed,

but I knew you would exit

on your own side to look out the south facing window.

She was ever present

upon the waves of your thoughts.

Your ears keen for her voice,

but I heard it first,

soft as the buzz of bumble bees on the beach,

calling you home.

I do not regret returning

to a solitary balcony

above the ocean’s turning point,

or slipping inside my bed,

still warm in your place.

So as you kiss my hands

in gratitude of my hospitality,

don’t leave thinking,

I am emptied.

I gave what I wanted,

no more,

no less.

Oh Calypso! How lovely to hear the story in your voice!

Katrina Guarascio’s poem Poets appeared at vox poetica last March.

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