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Pillow Talk


I'm an odalisque in pieces.
_____ should happen every single time,


but doesn't. Instead it stammers
like a bike light.


You promise postcards
from the Atlantic Mirror,


then leave scarabs under
your thumbprint.


My gypsy window:
your fissure.


Listen, I got here
the same way you did,


taking heart in a stranger
who plucked music from my pudendum.


So make something true
before you go. Or don't.


I'll find it sooner or later.
My kind always does.


—Carmen Gimenez-Rosello

 

 


Carmen Gimenez-Rosello is a poet and teacher living in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in Poetry and Poet Lore.

Originally published in the April/May 2002 issue of Boston Review



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