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100 Words to Radiant

Lorna Dee Cervantes

You, in the radiant crepuscular
light, your succulent heart, sex-sucked
lips, your twining hair all
halo and sash, you fill —
like the hummingbird — suckle, stay.

I am radiant to imagine
you: half animal, half staff
of ember, your lightening rays
of mirth, unimaginable in the dark,
in other than holding. You,
in a Spirit-land, whisked
away to grace my hand.
The giving night, the airy
dawn, the awakening from withdrawal.
As the valley hunkers, mist
hangs around her love, River,
I flow with you, fog-struck
and caught in your aperture.
Your apetite for me, your
blessing kiss — eyes, whim-struck, radiant.

Lorna Dee Cervantes

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