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Prelude to a First Kiss When Love Is Meaningless 
7th-May-2007 09:45 am

Prelude to a First Kiss When Love Is Meaningless

Even the moon, aloof, maidenly, and cold,
has pushed away her virginal veil
and allowed men to explore her.
Like her --
or like she was before 1969 -- I'm not frigid, just scared, cold
when I'm alone in bed dreaming not of Love that leads to a wedding veil,

two-point-five children and a prefabricated home,
but of the warmth that comes with sharing a worn couch,
Army of Darkness,
and mugs of tea. The moon is still in the heavens, floating soft in darkness;
she was not disowned for her boldness, nor would Dad banish me from his home,
but I can imagine his face, stern on his Lay-Z-Boy beside our old couch,

his orbicularis oris and oculi conspiring to form a glare
at the tongue-pierced, dyed-blond boy I've brought for him
to meet. If I believed in God
I'd worry about what He thought, too, but I believe in God
the way I believe in Love -- I don't, but I'd like to. Which is why I'll glare
at the dyed-blond boy, say nothing, and wonder what will happen when I kiss him.


Previously published in Departure:GNV Issue 15/16, Spring 2003.
Comments 
7th-May-2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Nice. I like that one.
8th-May-2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
=) aww yay! Thanks. This is actually one that I'm not hugely attached to, but people generally respond well to it. I totally want to do a scientific study about writers'/artists-in-general's feelings about their work versus public response.
8th-May-2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Well when you do that scientific study, please let me know. I've always been interested. Now, how did you get it published? Did you just submit it? :)
8th-May-2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yup! It's the University of Florida's now-defunct undergrad lit journal. A girl in one of my workshops was co-editor that issue, so I mean, it wasn't any astounding feat to get a couple poems in, but it was still nice to see them in print. I just marked it 'cause it's definitely polite to mention the publication, even if they don't need the advertising anymore.
9th-May-2007 05:25 am (UTC)
A few friends of mine I know who publish fiction say it's a lot easier to get your drafts noticed if you can list that you've been published. :)
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