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Stanley Gemmell - Cirque

cirque: (surk)n. [Fr.Lat. circus, circle.]

A steep hollow, often 
containing a small lake, at the upper end of a mountain valley. 
    

to have tried in vain to catch the marble eyes of statues 
and to stir 

unconsciously, like a river 
    
to have at my disposal 
all the peeled husks 
of your beauty 
    
to recycle the bloody swords of the saxons 

to protest the selling of smiles 
    
I kiss the knotted wood of your back 
smooth the slopes of your thigh and belly 

there is your hand, for me to touch 
    
to take the depth, height and width 
of these walls upon myself 
    
    
every nation tumbles 
cascading chevelure 
    
(my morbidly bitten peach) 
    
twenty four hours of 
circling you asleep 
    
full-lipped, Girl 
unforeseen 

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Poet: Stanley Gemmell
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Poem of the Day: Jan 13 2007
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