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From the moment I feel that spark
in the palm of your hand and let it
run over the bone of my hip, I am placed in a 
euphoria that drags along with me for months and 

It keeps me awake at night and clouds my focus
during the conference calls, bathroom breaks, and 
monotonous drives home. It puts me to sleep as I stand
 over the boiling pot of spinning webs.

I can feel every stroke of your finger across my face, my thoughts of it. I am 
trapped in my memory and longing for the silence of water 
falling from the shower head as I drink you in over and over.

It makes my heart flutter and pound and fumble to catch its breath. It makes my mind start and stop 
and sputter like a Chrysler with no battery. I hold it quietly around my middle, to protect me from the 
emptiness of acceptance. 

This is a dirty trick of an imbalanced mind. It is not the very real experience and longing that I try to 
compress with this very unhelpful, old washcloth.

Copyright © Nykki Houtkooper | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 7/3/2016 1:05:00 AM

    NYKKI, enjoyed reading your poem, thank you for sharing your thoughts through words. *SKAT*
  1. Date: 1/4/2012 6:26:00 AM

    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Nykki. Love, Carol