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Stain

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originally published 2010

 

You yes you stain me

Deeply

Like tomato sauce on the good china plates

Like red Georgia clay under fingernails from summer sun work

You yes you stain me

Deeply

Like chocolate ice cream on crisp white Sunday dresses

Like smoke that wafts through the room catching on hair locks

You, yes, you stain me

Deeply

Like black soil green grass on jeans knees into home plates

Like coffee cup rings on coffee tables over coffee laughter

You, yes you, stain me

Deeply

Like sharp white lightening cutting through the bleeding gray sky

Like soot laden thread pulled by bone needle through skin

Tattooing flesh with ancient beating ink

You, yes you, yes you, stain me

Deeply

And I don’t want to wash you away.

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Your last simile is truly great! Those are the kind of vivid mental images that sear into the reader's mind. Most poems I read and forget about ten minutes later, but this one I will not soon forget. Great job, grunfruaorshell!

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Thank you!

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I came to this site in November and missed out on this poem by you. The Gods surley blessed the creation of this magnificent display of perfection. I humbly bow before your moon and stars. This is the best new poem I've read in a decade. "Bar...

I came to this site in November and missed out on this poem by you. The Gods surley blessed the creation of this magnificent display of perfection. I humbly bow before your moon and stars. This is the best new poem I've read in a decade. "Bar None" This is as good as Jane Mayhall's "City Sparrows" or her other works. Give me more!

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Absolutely beautiful. I was going to point out a particular line that I thought was amazing, but they are each utterly breathtaking. I can empathize with Van. How did I miss this one?

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I agree! Done beautifully!

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I feel very grateful for the praise and thank you all so much. And Jane Mayhall, Van, wow! I don't know if I could but I will try to keep it up.

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There are a lot of stars in the sky, but you my dear are a pulsar of poetry. I think it is in you to write these type of poems with fire.

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Van...I feel humbled by your praise. Thank you again sir.

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This is a nice poem. Rolls of the tongue well and the descriptives give the reader a true understanding.

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I am glad that it does :o)

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