THREE POEMS – Justin Hyde

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Fiction, Poetry
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//the banalities of love//

the fan app
on her ipad

(which you need
to sleep well
at her place)

hums
from its perch
on her nightstand.

do candles
throw shadows – –

or do they
bleed light?
you absentmindedly
ask yourself

lightly
tracing your fingertips
over her stomach

up river

across
the sternum.

want me
to get those?

please
do.

you pluck
two curly black hairs
from her nipple.

i’m going to try
not to be
embarrassed by that,
she says.

you don’t
say anything.

you just
slide your arm
around her back.

and pull her

close.

 

//a lover’s indiscretions//

behind the heart

like a landfill.

come the
rats

the
crows

come the
rain

the stench

the alchemy of guilt
spun out into
neurotic suspicion:

wasn’t
the ky jelly
on that other shelf
last night? it wasn’t

that low
was it?

welcome

hell.

 

//an old shark blows down the heat off his coffee//

watching the young girls learning to hula hoop

at the downtown elementary school across the street.

already

they are dressed like women

carry themselves

like women. soon enough

as the moon turns solstice

one of them will give her heart to a man

raw naked and final

a body

over a cliff.

he will not realize

or appreciate

the gift.

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