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It’s so simple,
like the hue of oranges,
like citrus in the back of your throat.
It burns.

I want to drag his skin through my 
taste the salt trailing
from the corners of his eyes,
lick the genius from the 
slightly-parted, mellifluous quality
between his lips.

I want to drain the green from his 
and the silken-purity silver from the 
stars, and 
smear it over my face till I 
run red with the rawness in it –
until I am saturated with what I most 

I crave his mind, 
the stormglory-scent of his soul,
the incineration he injects with his 
the fire-pulse just beneath the 

I stand beneath the aridity of some 
god-forsaken slice of sky,
and I scream for rain because I 
and I gnaw my own bones as they 
ache -
I consume myself with hunger –
and I rip my hair from the root,
matted with longing,
but release no internal pressure.

I become a black hole,
a vortex of clenched fists,
cracking flesh,
his name unfurling like the sun
against the curled-paper 
walls of my lungs –
his taste beating
like the oxygen in my blood.

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  1. Date: 10/13/2010 1:14:00 PM
    This poem made me cry. I have lived with this for nine long months. Your poem is beautiful.

  1. Date: 11/17/2009 4:28:00 AM
    WOW! In many ways like the poetry of the Canadian, Anne Michaels. Stunning language and breathtaking imagery! Well done Mick!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 11/5/2009 10:13:00 AM
    Brilliant writing. Absolutely brilliant. And so passionate.

  1. Date: 11/5/2009 6:51:00 AM
    Excellent poem Micaela. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/4/2009 8:39:00 AM
    I'm simply speechless... poetess. All the best.

  1. Date: 11/4/2009 8:21:00 AM
    A very passionate write, Michaela! I like the irony in consuming yourself with hunger only to "release no internal pressure." Very compelling perspective on the longing and sense of helplessness we feel when we fall in love. Excellent writing! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/4/2009 12:20:00 AM
    "I crave his mind, the stormglory-scent of his soul" great lines and excellent poem...Raul