April 13 ’10: Poem Starting with a Line from Norman Dubie

April 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

As per the title, ReadWritePoem’s prompt is to begin a poem with a line written by Norman Dubie. Just reading the offered lines was overwhelming and pushed my poetic boundaries, as you will read below…






A Poem Starting with a Line from Norman Dubie

You wondered about skin wrinkled by looking
at jewels and spit at my painted toes. I dread your
blunt edges, your arrowheads designed to crush my

and you fling again, this time it lodges in the crevasse
below my middle eye. Your laughter is tinny–thin.
I pull the dart and place it carefully on the ledge between

the burro calls from below, mourning his mate and his
breakfast. We press on, shoulders sloping like the rolling
dunes; our footprints are breadcrumbs for

This is the closest we’ve come, I say. You send
shards my way and my tongue stretches to lap their fruity
hardness. I roll them on my breasts, and it is

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