Abstinence

I’ve sipped for days to slake a thirst
I never thought I’d have again.

Each day I wake as currents thrum
through blood and flesh, untempered heart.

I banish flame—swallow the truth,
dispatch it to a southern sky,

and still my longing burns your likeness
in his dark and watchful eyes.

©JP Reese 2011

Featured first at Camroc Press Review, August, 2011: http://www.camrocpressreview.com/2011/08/jp-reese.html

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