April 2014

But when I kiss you

when I kiss him I
worry about
my breath
where we are
where we will be & when

try to remember
when I shaved my legs
which underwear I’ve got on
if I shut off my phone, TV, computer

to decide if I want
              to stop
              go on
              or dangle

But when I kiss you
it all stops
              my breath
              my thoughts
              the earth’s rotation

even deities pause to watch
              remember

I hope they catch me as I fall

—Michelle Hartman

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