new world

by Gary Percesepe

all that brown hair unbuttoned 

you above me beneath me beside me beyond me

love licked us 

like running wolves


then slowly drained of all our dreams

we faced the ordinary wicked days

alone but unforgotten

stripped of all that had been


snow tires gripped pavement

in an endless skid

long slow kitchen kisses

fights & hugs at the dishwasher


can memory freeze in place like this?

as in death our deeds follow us

your parted lips my eager tongue 

the heart soon followed


the living room sofa where you unbuttoned me

wait, how can you occupy the sofa now?

you sit there with your new lover

pushed past pity into the new world


the poet amounted his affair

summed it at five months

licked his ice cream cone

and melted