Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to Read This Poem

Another from the hoard! This one's actually one of my favorites from my UB years.

How to Read This Poem


Get completely naked


Fill your tub
with water, as hot
as you can handle
it (foams & oils
are optional)


Get in, slowly,
one
foot
at a time,
easing
yourself down
until you are
entirely immersed,
letting the heat
envelop your body


Fill your lungs
with a deep, slow
breath. Hold it
for a second,
& ease it out


Close your eyes


Let this page
fall away


Feel the touch
of a lover's finger
glide
along the bridge
of your nose


Smell the scent
given off
by the tears
of a crying rose


Let your tongue roll
around candy-colored
rocks flavored
amaretto


Listen to
Caruso's voice
flowing
with falsetto


Watch the love
bounce
against the walls
of an infant's eyes


Revel
in the feel
of velvet drawn
between your thighs


Feed
some honey
to a bee


Watch Fellini
dance
on your knee


Teach
a lemming
how to read


Plant
a river
from a seed


Build
a mansion
with a hair


Pluck
a mango
from the air...


Continue,
careful
not to let your skin
prune


Rinse


Repeat as necessary

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