tangent.

i will only touch you once.
and it will only be in passing.

no use calling me back
for more.

you will have plenty of time
to rehearse and remember
this moment,

to convince yourself
we’ll never part.

-eugene gullievic

for Love to Wink at you

hand on forehead

hand on

chin;

tilt of neck,

tempt mouth, Open

to

Pull

The Scroll

o             u             u             u             t

and Wrap It

all

a              r              o             u             u             u             n             d

me:

my Blacks and Blues,

my Pinks,

my Greens

(all your Loves, all your Aches

I Hold).

leave the Eye

for Love  to Wink

at you …

for

Love

to Wink

at you

 .

.

.

-j.e. cortlandt

Splendid Dawn Swam my

hair and face this morning … wish

you could have Seen It.   

This Warm Light

Open 

Up

& Swallow

This Sea -

   the Weeds,

        the Shells,

the Hidden Pearls

                            

                           of me.

and then

just

       l

           a

               y

                   back

& Bask

in

This Warm Light.

-j.e. cortlandt

the Breaking in Making

we Spoke

the Rid:

to Skin the Skid

and Flesh the Live.

   

and who Said it was easy?

couldn’t have been you,

and it damn sure wasn’t me.

     

but we Built It …

Still 

Build

It:

the Breaking

of two,

in Making

of We.  

    


-j. e. cortlandt


Sea, Red

like Sea,

Red,

me,

you parted.

you tread

Deep

ly…

so

wet,

i Bury;

i Mummify

these nights,

these cries

with 

you. 

-j.e. cortlandt

meta, meta we

kcab

and forth.

forth

       … orth

       or

                         oh …

and,

    and 

you and

           me:

meta,

        meta

                 we.

and,

and 

in.

and out.

and

and,

and and 

and     and!    and 

and …   and          And,  and

in.



-j.e. cortlandt

synesthesia.

i d/vide

my

self

into something that 

might fit by your side;

right next to

all your blues

(less my greens);

somewhere between

all the things

i think 

you mean … 

but there is just

you

+

me.

never

= we.

-j. e. cortlandt

"you alone are enough. you have nothing to prove to anybody."

maya angelou