Embers

once

we spent all day in bed
exploring without maps

deep diving
and emerging

to kindle more desires
lighting forest fires

now

we warm our hands
on the embers

of our fading skin
basking in the afterglow

Kim M. Russell, 20th November 2018

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics: Desire and Sexuality in Poetry, also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform

This Tuesday we are welcoming Anmol (HA) as our host. He has given us plenty to read and think about on the topic of desire and sexuality in poetry, including poetry from Sappho, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.

Anmol reminds us that our desires, and our expression of who we are as individuals, matter. He asks us to reflect on our desires and identities, and how one affects the other, perhaps seek inspiration from the examples he has shared, and link up our own poems, which can be romantic, sensual and sexual, erotic, political or philosophical, outrageous or perplexing.

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56 thoughts on “Embers

  1. Yes, love has its seasons, and when lust turns to trust, then love blossoms like a desert succulent, and remains deep rooted and hardy as the calendar pages fall like years in the wind.

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  2. So beautiful, Kim, in how you evoke the histories of this intimacy through the change from forest fires to the afterglow of one. I really loved this line: “we warm our hands/on the embers/of our fading skin”. It made me sigh with a feeling of contentment and hope. ❤

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