Insurmountable You

Insurmountable You short poem

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Separated by months and eight thousand miles
making love to you is an impossibility
like painting a hangar with a pallet knife
clearing four feet of snow with a soup spoon
yet one day you arrive and we meet
always some public place filled with intrigue
customers at the coffee shop smell like nutmeg
ask about your posh accent, look at my shabby shirt
there are clouds across the floor freezing my ankles
cars outside the plate glass cough Armageddon
and the answering sound is either a cell phone
or Gabriel’s sweet trumpet telling us all it’s too late
too late to adopt a life of austerity, fund a charity
the eyes of a million angels are penetrating us
seeing through our magnetic attraction to each other
contradicting our reasons for liaison by mentioning
you each swore oaths before God to be faithful.
but it was just a phone call and we are still alive still civilized
until we get behind closed doors and confront
the reality of desire in the flesh. it’s a feast fit
for a thousand. are we really that hungry.
do we remember the preparations. do our lips
still mesh. can you still hold me as if you own me. and then
by God and God damn us we prove that we recall
the way to the cliffs of each other, the favorite routes
up our fertile faces, each belay and fingerhold, so we race
once to the summit then descend at leisure the rest of the day

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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