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Hermaphrodite - Part III

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Hermaphrodite - Part III

?Just a stutter-step, and I over-think it?

I ask you how are we breathing underwater?
The question is the shadow of a nightmare
appearing as an Octopus -
its tentacles wrap around us,
dragging us towards the edge of an abyss.

I tear open my rib-cage,
I am fever, high-temperature fever,
licking the Octopus with the tongues of my heat.
It lets go, retreats into a crevice.
You are swallowing water with the fear in your eyes.
I shouldn't have asked that specific question -
brought it into existence.

I kiss you, push breath into your lungs.

Upon seeing figure-eights wash away your doubt,
I am now suddenly breathless.
You give me back breath to breathe,
offering us strength to breach the surface.

The Ocean is Sky; Sky is the Ocean,
Night is Day; Day is Night.
?Is this flying, or walking upside-down. Sideways?

"Look down there, can you see the Evergreen tree?" I ask.

You say nothing. Just breathe. The fear is gone from your eyes.

I close my eyes, open my eyes, 
close my eyes, open my eyes.
There is no difference, a shutter-frame of eternal passages.
We have done this before                             somehow,
flown through the doors of deja vu.

"The tree doesn't need to be sacrificed into paper.
But, if cut down, at least spread its seeds."

Why did I say that? It felt so natural.

Waves. Surging, vibrating waves.
Now, it is flesh for feeling,
breath on breath,
an elevation of sheer simplicity within sweat.
I can barely contain myself,
but when I do, again, my belly becomes an earthquake,
unleashing seismic waves
from the centre of my core....


Even though you already appear to be sleeping,
I feel you awake inside,
but so calm                       peaceful.

We breathe, exhale, inhale,
your body gently pushes against my chest and belly....

....before I fall asleep,
I spy the Cardinal hopping along the branch of an Evergreen tree


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  1. Date: 10/15/2012 12:35:00 PM
    Still feels wonderful :)

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 4:03:00 PM
    Mesmerizing [I think..the Buddist take on this would be you are remembering past lifes] Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 10:22:00 AM
    I had to read this one a few times CDA and everytime I came away with something different to indulge in.. Have to agree with the comments below.. This is a masterpiece... Can't say much more, still stunned but in a good way ;) hope your weekend is a fab one!

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 10:55:00 PM
    Soup Mail.

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 12:15:00 PM
    speechless!!! speechless!!! speechless!! I needed to read an excellent masterpiece today..thank you Chris for sharing..Wow!!!

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 6:41:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 3:48:00 PM
    This is really awesome, Chris. It reminds me of the saying that there is only one. Just one, the all in all. Beautiful poem, I am putting it into my favs. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 3:34:00 PM
    What a trip, my friend! Am I the only one who needs to re-read this poem? LOL! Well, I need it! I'll be back... Just a great write make me do this. ; ) And I thought that only Borges could puzzle my mind! Have you read Circular Ruins?'s one of his best "fictions". See you later...

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 1:01:00 PM
    You know what it means when I cry. To me, there only is forever...

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 12:29:00 PM
    Deep sighs as I can only hope to write something as powerful as this one, a combination actually-- since it's also deep sighs of contentment over reading this gem, it read like an amazing journey of life and love....Bravo to you,Chris. And yuppo-- definitely faving this!! ^_^

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 12:27:00 PM
    In my humble opinion, you've written a masterpiece here, Chris. WOW!! I can see myself going back to your write and just savoring it. What a beauty. Hehe I am literally shaking my head right now-- this one I think isn't rehashed but just something (someplace different?) that came from deep within you and it is just amazing in my books. You ended this perfectly, with the contrast of the cardinal against the green, just complementary and this poem of yours may have some other meaning to you, to me it's just WOW!!!

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 11:44:00 AM
    Yes my friend...he exist in everything and everyone. All will either except or deny. Peace and blessings to you.