PDF

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

Endcap