Appledore Books Newsletter
February 2010
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue —

Some Valentine
Verses for You.

(Samples from Appledore Books Poetry Line)

They stroll in pairs around the jardín,
Boys one way, girls the other, around
Until the boy sees a girl who peeks around
And on the turn he swings his arm around
Her waist on Sunday in the jardín.

           —"Sunday in the Jardín" City in the Sky

The ground was pulled from under me.
You picked me up
And set me in your starry field.

           —"Starry Field" Rolling the Sun

Like lovers parting, languorously slow,
They hold the light, then turn, lost to shadow.

           —"Composer at the Colony" Higher Latitudes

I'll always remember my first love
With longing and sighs.
Then, someone moves from the shadows
Toward me and my heart stands still.
And although the first love
Seems green as an oasis in the desert,
The one who comes after
Is home.

           —"The One Who Comes After." Tahirih Unveiled

First, I would slip my hands
Around your waist,
Staying awhile close to your body.
You would, perhaps, then put your arms
Around me. It is easy that way.

           —"Man and woman" Ossabaw Book of Hours

You are always a voice
In the garden of those who love you,
A bird hidden in the branches,
Fluttering from tree to tree,
Too much a bird to divulge its feathers.

           —"All disciples but one" Ossabaw Book of Hours

I could weave the name
Of a lost love
Under your lips
So that only a kiss
Would find you.

           —"XIV" Hermaphroditus in America

Oh, we're—
                    Did you dot com?
Dot orged, too.
                    Did you?
Veni, vidi, vici.
(End of Scene. Cut.)

        —"Last Scene of All." Hermaphroditus in America

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