Greetings from Backroad Poetry,
Our Poem of the month is, “My suction cup arrow shot in the dark.” This piece is included in the book, ‘Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes,’ which is on sale in ebook format during the month of August 2017 (paperback is $8.95). Below is a link to the book at Amazon.
My suction cup arrow shot in the dark
Sun swept and long day weary,
you look as perfect as a New Year’s Eve lipstick
after a Mid Atlantic carnival Labor Day.
I start by reading your blouse buttons in Braille
by single flame, queen sized bedroom candlelight,
like the way I wanted to check your body for ticks
after yesterday’s sunset walk along Maryland waterfalls.
Now lying behind you I kiss the small of your back,
realizing it’s the perfect place to hold my new love rather
than some old hurt. With one hand I trace a heart on
your shoulder blade while your mind straddles dreams
and dawn, and with the other hand I hold on tightly
to all that you’ve shown and taught me
as if you are the last thing I’ll ever want to learn.
And as all of the past pain, both yours and mine,
flows over the side of the bed,
and your little body is drowning
in our sea of sheets and blankets
I take careful aim with a carnival midway ring toss prize
at the moon out the window, and proudly make you
my suction cup arrow shot in the dark.
Copyright 2017 Steven Harz
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoy the end of your summer!