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your enchanting ghost


June 9, 2019



what altar, what confession do i hold except
to love
when hands touch, thumb to thumb finger
to finger and me,
if my eyes close tight enough,
seeing stars not plastic
as vestiges of light and
tasting holiness in the salt of swollen-
eyed tears and mango
leaking down my chin. i talk to the sky
to be lonely and
there is never an answer except
me, here, and that great expanse, when it wants to be.
but i am the one
who bends and feels
in every beat and every turn.
even without trying to i am a kaleidoscope
of green and sharp tangerine
on tongue and this is when i slide
my teeth together as prayer,
as spinach, as thanks. in every
dragon fruit seed that passes my lips
i see god blooming
like lychee
once peeled from the skin



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  • loveletterstosappho

    true to the title, there is much fruit here (you definitely have a thing for fruit in your writing) and even a vegetable. for some reason the inclusion of lychee makes me very very happy and it fits with the peeling and i don't know i just really like lychee. as much as i love lychee, though, my favorite lines have to me "as vestiges of light and/tasting holiness in the salt of swollen-/eyes and mango/leaking down my chin." per usual, amazing work.

    over 1 year ago
  • r|A|i|N

    when i first read this poem, i thought i was reading well-worded nonsense. a couple of rereads later, it still seems mysterious, but the few meanings that i can find i adore—for instance, “i talk to the sky / to be lonely.” so interesting that it is“to” and not “because” that occupies the end of the line. it’s a harshly relatable explanation of self-pity, one that i would never have thought to word that way. there is also a lot of imagery of intimacy, and, of course, fruit. it’s just a very interesting concept; the title is as intriguing as the poem, i think. i’m so glad you wrote this poem; there are so many great ideas packed into the lines. i always love your work. keep writing.

    over 1 year ago
  • Oscar_Locke

    Otherworldly, as always!

    over 1 year ago
  • Zoe G.

    wow this is amazing!!

    over 1 year ago