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i learn the language of stars

you sing from memory
whispering secrets to the thousand islands at my feet
and row to the shipwrecked shores of Ithaca

i hear rustling of dry wind
smell the damp sun-kissed cattails after last night's storm
and see the land my ancestors slaved over
barren and fruitless as my womb

i call to ghosts
where are you?

you claim to know winter
so you climb Mount Olympus in February and learn to hate frostbites
and when stars dance you sympathize their songs

but really now
what are they saying?

seasons change with the moon
and i slowly caress your silhouette with clumsy fingers 
suckling the yellow from aging honeysuckles

i wash the nostalgic Aegean Sea
spilling blue over a drowning sunset and painting beautiful Asteria
with bold breathless hands anxious to touch
but the water is cold

and i shiver
stay a little longer

Copyright © xin liu | Year Posted 2010


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  1. Date: 8/1/2010 7:28:00 PM

    Simply beautiful! Glad to see you here! Hugs, Kris (Nick!)
  1. Date: 7/28/2010 6:30:00 PM

    You seem to be a lovely poet,, with your poetry based on stars and moon,,,and all the dazzling ways of nature mixed..Enjoyed your poem,..p.d.
  1. Date: 7/27/2010 2:29:00 PM

    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. so enjoyed reading your very creative write tonight.. with luv..
  1. Date: 7/27/2010 12:34:00 PM

    Welcome to the soup. I really enjoyed this poem and look forwad to reading more of your work. So feed me
  1. Date: 7/27/2010 5:37:00 AM

    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Xin. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol