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VALPARAISO POETRY REVIEW
Contemporary Poetry and Poetics



 
 

~LAURA KENNELLY~





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For you I will take off
clothes, rings, consciousness
and go into the dark.

Silent, I will lie on
a slab open to be
examined and altered.

Such frail flesh hides bones, holds
hormones tightly bound, laced
in blood, in secretions
driving desire, loosening
lifeó

Alone,
I might float forever
in that dark tunnel, travel
through one black night to the next.
But you make escape seem
cowardice, love seem alló

And a shared sunrise
worth the sharpest cut.
 
 

© by Laura Kennelly
 


 
 

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