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Another straight-up love thing

She sang to me, all about

moonbeams and evening,

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and what’s more we danced;

the coffee cups rattled applause,

their good old brattle –

……….. terpsichore! terpsichore!

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Someone wrote our names

on paper, folded them together;

she burned this, saying

that clinched it –

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we laughed like a pair

of wind-shifted bushes,

danced again, more applause.

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©Marie Marshall

For the moon

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You unbuttoned my waistcoat

and laid your hand on my ribs.

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For warmth, you said.

For the moon, I replied.

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©Marie Marshall

by cunning hands

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your adze dipped

into my heartwood

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where tree was

became your canoe

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by cunning hands

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©Marie Marshall

your even brow

preach it

I see across to
your even brow

you have access to me

you’re green in winter
my watercourse

look to your own moon

that’s you
my only skyrock

do I detail you?

I sip your light
I sip you

am I your lair?

I see across
to your even brow

preach it
how my hand’s a wave
that parts a kelpfield

I’ve preached how
your hair’s my blessed night

breathe me

dawn you
oh I preach

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©Marie Marshall

 

She sleeps symmetrical

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She sleeps symmetrical

her limbs parallel her eyes

and mouth closed to colour

I kneel with a stone of philosophy

and try it to her cheek so

that when she wakes

and the sun bloodies us

we’ll be gold to each other

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©Marie Marshall

Two hundred and seven words. 30

very moment of sand, every tiny flame that kisses, or burns when the wind snatches it, each word taken away, she’s a second-to-second savant, and looking at her lover the girl thinks (it all being too loud to say): I don’t give an Etruscan toss where she started, just that she’s here now, hair cut out against the sky, look bold, smile stealing up a flash wolf, a thousand million therefores, brittle in my arms, sharing the wearing away of the sand though sometimes outpacing it enough to excuse me for the breathlessness I feel anyway, hidden, revealed, true, a game, a deadly seriousness, the found beryl in a box of cheap glass though its setting is base, a sip of a new and sharp alcohol with each wary buss, my fingers ploughing her hair to delve the shape of her head, wand, knife, an arrangement of cryptic objects on a tray, the sole plant that grows its own slant in my garden, she wrests my sense from me and with it an entire vocabulary but no matter because she brings a new one filled with sly promise, sly, sly and high, sly and high and salient fit to murder my old and birth in my beginning

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©Marie Marshall

this young woman

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this young woman

her skirt misfolded –

a broken china cup

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©Marie Marshall

fullmoonlight on my rock

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Fullmoonlight

falling on that rock,

all my squares are circles,

circles squares.

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You’re seeing with me

and my head’s full of you,

you sudden fullmoonlight

on my rock.

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Let’s leap the rock,

red day and black night

made white and

fullmoonlit.

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Oh, our dance, hold me,

you, square my moon,

circle my rock,

sudden, fullmoonlit!

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©Marie Marshall

Another Wooden Mary poem

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Myself was lathed, convex

and smooth where needed,

slender, grooved; once done,

myself stood straight and hard

for you when needed, as long

and until; now myself thanks

you for all the weathering,

the cracks, lines, patina are

all myself’s owned wood.

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©Marie Marshall. And while I have your attention, please visit my old, Gothic poems (from 2006):

In the Echo-Hall of Randomstone
Old stones that lead from heaven to the sea
The Crystal Ball
O Darkness, be my friend
The Marseilles Diligence

And keep your eyes open for one more before night falls on Halloween.

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What if I leave a keepsake?

What if I leave a keepsake or

a little treasure on a gravestone,

perhaps this blue gold scarab

as a possibility, as something

sacrificed, and it’s thieved

within a day, and the thief

nests it with her other swag?

There’s already been a life

and another life, journeys

like when you opened your door

and said “Dying be something

you do for other people,

same as living, the whole song;”

but then you always were

my Atlas, weight-carrier,

you rainbow-in-a-stone.

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©Marie Marshall