My newest adventure is underway. It has lead me to take up residency in a new blog,
Like the Feathers of an Arrow (affectionately known as LFA).

...don't open...don't throw away... is not disappearing completely (not yet),
but postings here will be limited.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

7 Across Your Skin

Across Your Skin

I write in short hand
permanent marker
across your skin
A crib sheet
visible only to my touch
tidbits and facts
of you
of us
of me with you

My instincts are off
beckoning me to run
for happiness fades
slipping through my fingers
while darkness stalks
pulling at my core
Pushing you away
makes the most sense
to my irrational brain

I brush my fingers
like reading Braille
across your skin
me with you

My mind gets lost
savoring possibilities
as fears fade
melting away from me
and light blooms
smiling inside of me
Keeping you close
goes against my instincts
So I brand
me with you
across your skin

i thought this time around i might try for something a little less depressing/dark/down.  i think i might have hit the mark.  not really an easy task given my mood of the past few months.  but i think it's good to try to break away from myself once in awhile. 

not really sure about the flow from the first stanza to the second; they seem a bit disjointed, but maybe it's just me.  the recordings a little different this time; i tried for softer (in comparison to the previous recordings), but not really sure i hit the mark on that.  anyway...

this is my contribution for tonight's OpenLinkNight over at dVerse~Poets Pub where a vast offering of talent writers come to share their love of poetry.  (i thought maybe i might break the hundreds this time, but it appears to enter the double digits posting on Tuesday is the only way...maybe next week.)


  1. I brush my fingers
    like reading Braille
    across your skin...this is a beautiful image - also the permanent marker..enjoyed the reading as well...always good to hear how the poet reads his/her own work..

  2. mmm...i like this a lot...writing across skin...crib sheet, braille...nice 'touch' smiles...

  3. "keeping you close/goes against my instincts..." so instead the mental shorthand that pulls from the physical, and you project a strong sense of intimacy. Well-penned.

  4. This is really well done. You've captured the push / pull of intimacy beautifully.

  5. This is skilfully executed with sensitive imagery and great economy of language.

  6. To me this is a great example of what I posted about yesterday for my Wordsmith Wednesday--expressing feelings and passion without excess, using specifics. Wonderful poem.

  7. A lovely romantic share.. sighing with these lines:

    "So I brand
    me with you
    across your skin"