You Would

A-You Would 05-14-14
you would 

I would like to write
a fabulous poem
that described heart-thirst
in a way where
I’d become famous after I died
and while I was alive
I’d be interviewed
and, well, closer in time
my friends would
ooh and ah over the poem
and congratulate me
for saying such things
and tell me how it touched them
and more intimately
you would . . .
you would what?

when I offered this poem to you
all the poems I’ve ever written would ignite at once
the words blacken and melt
and the papers curl
they would clothe me in their smoke
rushing and delirious as freed souls
and finally leave me naked
at the temple
the primal one where
the god and goddess join their hips
in the motion that shakes even the stars
the reaching, falling
brief white stars
and you would . . .
you would what?

after all that hoopla
I’d find you standing
wide-shouldered and warm
on the place where
the at-last burned and broken engines
of my wishes
sleep among the roots of the earth
and a poem is the way
you look at me
and you would be looking at me
and you would . . .
you would what?

you would love me enough
to invite me home
to the place I’ve been looking for
all of my life

© Kathleen Dunbar

Photos by Kathleen Dunbar

Here’s a love song from my first CD — the song is called Round and Round and you can hear it right now on Bandcamp or www.kathleendunbarmusic.com

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2 thoughts on “You Would

  1. Great poetry Kathleen! I just love your style – whenever I’m sitting in traffic and need to hear a calming voice, whether you’re telling a tale of a snake charmer or reminding us we have wings, your voice is a refreshing reminder of the good in life!
    Thanks again!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Erica! I’m glad you’re finding my writing and songs inspiring and I love that you are hearing me while sitting in traffic and that that is a help ; ) If you’d like a free music download, here’s the link to some songs from my new cd, and it will put you on my monthly music newsletter list, which you can easily opt out of. Feel free to pass on link to your friends! Link is: http://kathleendunbarmusic.com/freedownload

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