Define: Three Poems

define: anticipation

smoke
and it moves

over
more

than
a few limbs

notice
this

subtle
shade

her
cheeks

like soil
freshly watered

notice
these

fingers
tight

rope
walk(ing)

towards
her

throat
softness

like blood
not cloud
dust
not wool

warm
mouth

Throat, photograph by Pauline Thomas
Throat, photograph by Pauline Thomas

define: any reason to…

we write and we grow
disasters

here

where wildness is avalanche
and meditation

ice age

show us
your nudity

and we’ll taste
the end
of this
night

along his throat
I cannot remain

anything less
than a scrap

of silver

like a lost sense of north
like compliments of lavender
in this bedroom
like how we saw some body of water

holding hands
and thinking back
towards forty thousand more planets

define: blink

you can fill a room
with all these
seashells and white hair

the slender bones
which have been
personally picked

by delicate eyes
all through the night
by candlelight
and coffee fumes

now

breathe

on this

and

breathe

on this

now

breathe

and we hear the noise
of impossible collapse

like bodies slice
through water
face first

like the slow decay
of small fires
in the distance

like some silly laugh
in serious darkness

like a chemical spill

what would it mean
to leave all my muscles
at home and travel

as part of this city’s language

like the searing nudity

of a hatpin piercing a wine cork

why do coral reefs slash his mouth
when he attempts to open mouth kiss

what was her first word all about

–Daniel Dissinger


Poetry Writing

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