Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Here is a love letter--
I send it in the fox's teeth.

It rings like a hollow steel bar struck against a church bell.
It shivers through my bones.
It flows downhill,
And makes my knees shake.

Without your summer smoke hair--
Without your Turkish coffee eyes--
The world is as blank as new snow.
I lie in it, freezing,
Trying to wet my fingertips against myself so that I can think straight...

No use.

Your name has made a web of tendrils beneath my skin--
I am dizzy with herb, desire, idiocy.
Birds feed on me,
Dreams first.

Here is my lack,
Growing rows of ache like a window box.
Here is my bounty.
Show it to me--
I am blind.

Hurry back, my only heart.
I linger, a hieroglyph in crimson pigment,
Every surface stone.

In the meantime,
Here is a love letter
Written on roseskin.
I send it in the fox's teeth,
For my distant love, from your half-girl, waiting.

linked to Kenia's challenge at Real Toads. She asked that we write a message to someone.


Sioux said...

And what a message! Yowza! Doesn't she implode (occasionally) from the red-hot poetry that's lavished upon her? I mean, seriously....

Kerry O'Connor said...

How absolutely beautiful! It says so much about the heart of the sender, the depth of mutual love and words to bind them all in an unbreakable spell... the roseskin, the fox's teeth.

Susan said...

Powerful. To do the impossible, to say the impossible, to make it possible!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Again, another banquet of perfectly chosen words. Oh, to be desired so. This is beautiful, down to every last detail. Loved this: "I am dizzy with herb, desire, idiocy."

TexWisGirl said...

you always have so much pain and angst in your words. i hope your real life is not that way.

Jinksy said...

Your name has made a web of tendrils beneath my skin--

As your words do, beneath the skin of your readers!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OMG. The roseskin, the fox's teeth - the summer smoke hair, the Turkish coffee eyes. Well, all of it. But especially: "Birds feed on me. Dreams first" and "Here is my lack."

I seriously do not know how anyone could resist your words, or your love.

Lynn said...

That's beautiful, Shay.

Hannah Stephenson said...

Sending a message by fox...there is something rather sly and ferocious about that.

Marian said...

my favorite is that the letter's from "your half-girl." makes me wanna know what the other half of her is.

hedgewitch said...

Intoxicating and beautiful,Shay. truly--all I can do is read in complete awe and search for synonyms for exquisite. From turkish coffee eyes to roseskin, every image is startling and unique.

Peggy said...

I like this so much--what wonderfully written images. What a love letter indeed.

shawnacy said...

you've unbuttoned your chest,
bare heart, speaking in the secret languages that lovers develop between themselves.
we listen, read, breathless...
feel the wind in the fur of the fox as he carries your heart in silent sleek, delivered up for the sacrifice.
not a word out of place here.

Mary said...

Shay, this is perfection.

HermanTurnip said...

"Your name has made a web of tendrils beneath my skin"

Very cool...

Scarlet said...

Beautifuly, heartfelt passion!

Susie Clevenger said...

How beautiful and completely romantic.

Helen said...

This is truly amazing, Shay. It will melt the lucky recipient's heart.

Sreeja said...

How deep and strong emotion......loved the writing....

Lolamouse said...

It isn't fair that one person is the recipient of so many beautiful, passionate, and perfect words! I hope she knows how lucky she is!

Kay L. Davies said...

This is gorgeous, my dear Shay. I love "the fox's teeth"!

Laurie Kolp said...

The blank of new snow sounds so nice right now as we battle the heat in TX.

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to send a message! Fox's teeth...makes my heart sing. A beautiful write.

Kenia Cris said...

Everything you write has this wild strength to me. One can never help but love you for your words. What an amazing letter! <3

my heart's love songs said...

no one, no one, no one writes love poems the way you do! not cummings or Brontë or even Shakespeare could write words of love and longing to compare with yours!

{wistful sigh}

Hannah said...

Oh, MY Shay!!! Written on roseskin!! So many, many incredible lines through this entire poem!! I love the idea of a fox carrying the message. Your mind...I wish I could step into for a few hours...amazing!

I love this:
"Here is my lack,
Growing rows of ache like a window box.
Here is my bounty.
Show it to me--
I am blind."

The starkness of it just really stands out for me and I love the inner rhyme!

Smiles to you poetic friend!!

Mama Zen said...

Every word of this is perfection. Just beautiful.