DANIEL EDWARD MOORE
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In your arms of chronic bliss,
two feminine muscular branches
bridging earth to sky, I sound
like Neruda begging Matilde
to never fall asleep, afraid
that if her lips stopped moving
so would the blood in his veins.
Finding us past the mid-way point
with two hearts beating fast,
this is more than a minor impression
pushing itself to the front of the line,
unconcerned with the bruises left
on the shins of previous thoughts.
That’s your hand on the back
of my head bending me into a posture
of prayer, cleansing me with baptismal salt
scooped from the shores of my dreams.
Scrub me raw. Do what you must.
Let purity be severe.
Daniel Edward Moore lives in Washington on Whidbey Island with the poet, Laura Coe Moore. His poems are forthcoming in Weber Review, Slipstream, Levee Magazine, Blue Nib Magazine, Cultural Weekly and, The Pangolin Review. His chapbook Boys is forthcoming from Duck Lake Books in December 2019. His first book, Waxing the Dents was a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Book Prize and will be released in February 2020. His work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Visit him at Danieledwardmoore.com.
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