20 February 2011

If you're lucky, a poem by Michelle McGrane

If you are lucky
you will carry one night with you
for the rest of your life,
a night like no other.
You won’t see it coming.

Forget the day, the year.
It will arrive uninvoked,
an astrological anomaly.

You will remember
how every cell in your body
knew him, this stranger,

how you held your breath,
the way you searched his face.
This is how such evenings begin.

And you will be real in your skin,
bone and sinew; the way you always thought
you could be. Effortlessly
This is how you will fit together.

His parted lips between your thighs,
your half-lit nipples darkening,
the hot-breathed arrival of desire,
the frenzied coupling
as you opened soundlessly
and the world flooded into you.

In the morning, maybe,
soon after sunrise
you will walk barefoot above a waterfall in the forest,
light-headed with the smell of sex
laughing at your déshabillée.

You will carry
the music of this memory with you
and from time to time,
in the small, withered hours,
your body will sing its remembering.
__________

Michelle McGrane


14 comments:

paisley said...

wow... what else can i say??? that was amazing...

Rethabile said...

Was, wasn't it?

Rethabile said...

After I'd read this the first time I lit a cigarette. And I don't smoke.

Jo said...

Give us a drag, Rethabile *grin*.
This is just about perfect. I LOVE it. I wish wish wish I had written it (fat chance). I am very, very keen on this poet, has she a book?

Rethabile said...

Jo,
LOL. Michelle is good, isn't she. And oh, by the way, here: "DRAAAG!"
:-)

brian said...

i love this

Rethabile said...

Brian,
Thanks, on behalf of Michelle.

Xolani said...

Please tell me where I can find more of this poet's work.

christine said...

Great choice to share on your site. She does what I love most about moving poems. She has arranged words that change my perception of the past, and long for a future involving a day such as the one she describes, a moment to last a life time.

Rethabile, I love your cig comment. Yes. I'm blowing smoke rings, and I don't smoke either.

Rethabile said...

Xolani,
Right here: poefrika.blogspot.com/search/label/michelle%20mcgrane

Christine,
Graçias, for Michelle. I'm sure we're not the only ones who lit up.

lissa said...

wow stunning work. thanks for introducing me to this poet.

Rethabile said...

Pleasure, Lissa.
Best

Dick said...

Powerful stuff. Such controlled, directed passion.

I'd be fascinated to see what responses would be evoked if one of the prompt sites set as the stimulus an erotic poem!

Rethabile said...

So would I. I wonder if I'd be able to write on that. It's one of the hardest things, and believe me this pun is totally accidental. Poems like this one blow me away.

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