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spacer.gif   Kathy Kubik
Posted by : cj on Friday, January 07, 2005 - 05:16 PM
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A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE

My white robe, woven with golden thread lies spent on the floor,
an aspís shed skin.
Verbena hybrid scents the tomb.

Ivory linen crinkles and creases
you embalm me with the sheet,
a sarcophagus. Honey lips linger.

Milk thin fabric sandwiched between naked flesh
does nothing to ward off the whispering chill,
your mouth the heater here, there and yes, there.

You snake up my skin, slowly send chills,
then lap them up with warm tongue in waves.

Preserve me in opal radiance, wrap round,
a numb mummy, your gift of jewels spark
the flame, hot hot heart.

Pressing through the veil, teasing, lingering
take me I hiss through full red lips that gasp
and you unveil me at last.




A DRINK AT ROSA'S

The stage light dims,
forms premature creases in your face,
and you sweetly finger your guitar.

I drink my vodka tonic,
imagine the mike is my face
that your hand softly touches.
Guitar my body
with you striking my chords.

Behind your closed eyes, I want
to know all the thoughts that run
through. I want to reach out,
smooth that lock of hair
off your forehead.

Notes spill onto the floor,
wooden boards under your feet
soaked with spilt whiskey,
littered with plastic cups.
Your sharpie marker spent next
to your sketchbook in the corner,
waiting for words
to spill from your fingers

Later my phone number
etched on the cover.




THROUGH THE FISHBOWL

Through the glass I see my reflection,
ginger orange fins follow like the fan of a geisha.

When the sunlight shines in just so,
the bowl turns the fiery orange of a volcano,
the water waves lukewarm. I sunbathe.

I'm a moving silkscreen,
the canvas fragile
my thoughts shattering shards of static.




AFTER THE CRASH

My thighs bruise a furious purple,
welts explode, then fade away
like thunder on trees.

His fist ricochets, leaves an opaque white mark
like the imprint of our daughterís slight hand in clay
framed in the front hallway.

Seven years Iíve been here,
lucky number seven.
Lucky for me if his road rage catches my shoulder
instead of colliding with my face.

Seven the age of our daughter,
the one gift he gave,
though at the time she was named
Accident,
just his hard seed forced into me
a result of icy, wet conditions.

Now she waves a fairy costume wand,
steps forward with question-mark eyes
a witness to the hit and run.

I lie in metal, warped and twisted,
in the tunnel of silence she blinks,
etches on her heart all details to recall later

so she can detour,
outline in yellow highlighter on her map
which direction to take.

Hard lines are formed
A boomerang, I return.

After the crash I stare into hard headlight eyes,
my firm, capable hands,
analogous to my daughter's
hers marked in clay, forever small.

I seize her power and take back my own.

My hands swell and I rise,
we drive away.

Note: Kathy's work has appeared in Poems Niederngasse, Voices Magazine,
T-zero Xpandazine, SaucyVox(Dot)com, ERWA, CleanSheets, Citizen32, The
Mississippi Review and the upcoming Women of the Web anthology (Sun Rising Press).

 
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