Inhaling Lilacs             

Someone

is breathing

into the air

inhaling lilacs

 

I steal the first touch

of a soundless hum

that brushes past my cheek

softer than the dream

that won’t let you leave

 

And you’re stunned by your own sweetness

which you decide to keep a secret

and the morning’s spilling over

like an alcoholic’s gin

while you hide under the covers

with a cat instead of lovers

and you spend all of the day

licking honey off your skin

* Published in The American Poetry Review November/December 2003 as # 5



Send your comments to
ToniRaben@hotmail.com
I would like to hear from you.