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Hers (Cento)

Play me a game like Blind Man’s Dance

Your hands easy

With a kind of


Love by nature exacts a pain

We, unaccustomed to courage,

Watch behind the curtains

I wait in silence

To stay between the unsung notes of night

Dreams are petted like

A psalm to love

Have I known your lips

Had I known that the heart

After a period of peace blooms

We can be. Be and be

Knowing something

Cascades of brilliance, astrally

Dare us new dreams, Columbus

Love arrives

I wait in silence

Beside you, prone

To liberate us to life.

NOTE: Made lovingly with snippets from Maya Angelou’s 1986 collection And Still I Rise plus poems Touched by An Angel, and When Great Trees Fall, viewed online. Reassembled into a cento in February 2016.

Originally published by Adjacent Pineapple (2017/2018). Links to the magazine lead to a dead end, so felt I should archive it here for posterity. The companion cento, 'His' and an original poem, 'Mercury' were published at the same time.

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