WHAT DOES YOUR LOVE FEEL LIKE?

What does your love feel like?

Is it soft and fluid
Or does it cloy on the teeth
Like a bloodied, boxer’s mouth?

Does it make the heart sick
With sweet, sweet sugarings
That spin and drip in sticky clouds
Or as dry as a vacillating savanna
Flecked with dead oases
And forgotten bone?

Is it warm and peaceful
Or does it retch
Like the last breath of a suicide?

© Mel Lampro
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DAWNING

Streaked with tears and sweat

As the convulsive

Pulse

Of life

Ripples

Through the night-still air

Calling another soul

To see tomorrow’s sunrise

 

Crimson

Cascading pain

Cradles a noiseless scream

 

Black, black night

 

And then

Cockcrow

 

Our own aurora

Bursts into light

Glistening

Pink

And tight-fisted anger

© Mel Lampro / Previously published: Route 57, University of Sheffield Online Arts Magazine [2006].