She of the hollowly brink-of-drowning eyes
sunken in a face spookacious with appeal
a pallid little lighthouse emergent from its frame
of long dark hair and neobeatnik turtleneck
looks up as if to gauge the distance
launches forth as though from a springboard
boleynlike neck outstretched now in offering
she lands lipfirst with a less-than-romantic
splat and hangs suspended there on tiptoe
for the mouth-to-mouth resuscitative moment
it takes for her slender arms to swivel round
join in and execute a clean snug clinging link
about the corresponding neck of the caressee.
Originally published in The Lithic Review (Bellevue, WA: The Prehistoric Press) No. 3, Spring 1991 Copyright © 1991, 2004 by P. S. Ehrlich click here to return to the Old Litter Index
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