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spacer.gif   Kimberly McMahon
Posted by : cj on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 12:37 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name .

the bauhaus method

her wind ripped
at my legs
till rawness
chafed my knees

and I, in skirt
and heels did
nothing but stand
there

and take it
like a man.

she never once
asked if it hurt.


leave it to a beautiful moment

Is it a twist of fate
or the turn of a key
that opens the world
of a woman's heart-

a complex vista-
a map to be explored
set the shaft of a flag into
and claim as your own?

perhaps it's the everchanging
climate, a place to find
yourself
or refuge
or calm-
knowing that your return
will find you in her
space, in the home
of her body

or the mystery of her
unfolding when she
chooses you to see

the skin's weakness
misinterpreted as
thinly unraveling strength-
little do you know-

that tears
selfless combinations
of hydrogen, oxygen
spring life into
the most desolate
of deserts

she is a cause for blooming.

when she finds the grace
to let you go-
an awesome moment occurs:
she frees herself

though carving your
name in the tree of
her life, preserved
enduring
captivated.


magnets

because it
melts me down-
these days of humid
confusion and i long
for specific feelings:

love-sex-trust-
the heroin of us.

the simplicity of yes

(the idea not serious
still found its way to the
pit of my belly and sank
pulling my heart along with it)

(because we fucked like
we meant it
all famished electric skin,
apex gaping wounds
and short-breathed cries
for mercy and G-d
his name a thousand
angels to sing)


organic-ink-reflected-
his eyes, one-way mirrors
deep, tonal
bouncing mine off
the mighty clash
of egos

(the egos believing
in suspending each other
in the deep, clear blue
of longing)

forget denial;
the futility of no burrs
all emotion together-
the sun thumping on
closed eyelids

but sunset cannot be left alone:
when eyes open
the solar surprise-
light
projects forward
hurls itself onto his

burning this quarked moment
into his distant
imaginings

and it arcs now,
left and urgent
a swift move follows
undulating non-rhymes
breath-twilight-holding
on-love.


cultivate

let's not talk of
love, the poesy patch
of saccharine sentiments
gushing forth with
the strength of
a fireman's hose

or the future
displaced so long within
a three-year foreplay
always wanting the
diamond bezel to
forget its function
and pause-
capturing certain
still-lifes

or the evasive advent
of digital, electric
sensations, parried across
how many time zones?

it was something like 6.

or how we calculated
land mass, miles,
cubic centimetres of
water,
a latitude
a longitude
to only quantify
or justify at times
what may never be
ours

the perennial overgrown
mass of flora chokes
a single stem into
submission:

i am a garden on
the verge of starvation.

constantly asking the G-ds
of meteorology
when spring will arrive

obsessing the sundial
retreating to an earthen cave
freezing in a sleep of
passages
digging for new roots


Note: Kimberly McMahon has been part of the poetry scene for many, many years; she first began reading in the early nineties at Cafe Voltaire. Recently her work has also appeared at Wordslingers and at Spondee.net.

 
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