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Cork in Hand

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Cork in Hand

My drapes are drawn tight,
in the morning of our afternoon,
after the fall – beyond the light
of a silent evening spent.
Dusk spits a new shine
upon the facets of my mood ring
and sunrise alarms me again.

Fish hooks evenly lure my smile
into place - when bated breaths
are baited by an anticipated gentry -
and the inverted frown I wear 
stretches undetected 
when performing 
index-fingered handstands 
for the empty allured.

Such a celebration am I.
A firecracker when we kiss.
"The sun sets in his eyes...
succulent, cabbage-red and resplendent…”
Clichéd stammering; dulled 
as you turn your softly curved frame 
into a prisoner's unresolved sensitivities.
Nonetheless...the innocent know -

His touch is real. Feathered, soft -
even when the entranced cripple is sobbing. 
Roman candles sparkle 
within a distant vagabond’s eyes.
Starch him!
Savor the moment!
He'll voluntarily burst forth -
and everything you'd want from
a strayed waif's aorta will be 
auctioned back... 
and eventually sold.  
Like ruby-hued vegetables. 
Like drawn drapes.
Like morning…

when biting your pillow case
neatly grinds waking into the laughable...

…and a forgotten sunrise 
 toasts the unremembered misfit 
 as an invisible champagne cork - pops!




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  1. Date: 6/5/2012 11:24:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your placement in Nikko's contest John and so wonderful to see you again here at the soup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Excellent write here John!Congrats on your win!!

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 1:06:00 AM
    Exceptional poetry...very captivating!

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:24:00 AM
    No surprise to me that your lovely poem has made the winner's list. It is an awesome poem. Congratulations on your win in Nikko's contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 2:21:00 AM
    John congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 11:32:00 PM
    Heck....John, it's poems like this that make me pull up my socks and go back to the drawing board. Not sure if I can offer a more sincere compliment than that? Congratulations on your win in nikko's contest!

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 7:59:00 PM
    Look who's here!! The talented Mr Heck! : ) What a lovely surprise is to see you participating in this contest, John! Exceptional write, my friend! The ending lines are sublime...actually, they blow literally my mind! Kuddos on your win, Master! Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Oh wow! What a pleasant surprise to see you in my winners' list, John :D! Long time no see!! Thank you so much for entering this captivating piece! This truly had such wonderful imagery and emotion, like I was watching everything unfold and you have a lot of memorable lines here as well. Awesome read for me and super congrats :D!

  1. Date: 4/24/2011 12:58:00 PM
    John, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS!! on your poem being featured this week, hope your enjoying your Easter Sunday. Take care and have a nice one,..p.d

  1. Date: 4/24/2011 11:17:00 AM
    Many congrats on your featured piece this week Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 4/23/2011 12:24:00 PM
    How do you do it John? Some people have the gift!

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 11:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week John. I hope PS has taken care of all your problems for you by now. Have a super week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 4:23:00 AM
    Wow! A load of emotions in here! Nicely penned. Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, John. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 12:52:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, John

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 11:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on having this gem featured. Always such a pleasure to read your work. xoxo

  1. Date: 1/31/2009 9:08:00 PM
    And I am awestruck by you. I read this masterpiece before, but haven't commented upon it yet. I believe you are the most talented poet on this site.:) So original, dynamic, and genius....is your pen. Peace, Sara:)