Thursday, March 30, 2006

Yesterday's Kiss (among the first poems I published)

I had recently been telling a friend how much my poetry has changed since I started in 1999. Most of those older ones are hidden away now in an archives section of my site, partly because they don't represent my style so much anymore and partly because I simply would have way too many poems on the site, otherwise. (I do, still :-) At any rate, this is one, pulled out of the archives file.

Yesterday's Kiss

Our bodies play
hide and seek.
Your tongue probes
my mouth, searching
for yesterday's kiss.

You know
how to ask for sex
in six different languages.
I wish you were as
proficient in love.

When you leave,
I bury my head
in your pillow,
dare not breathe,
lest your scent
take me captive again.

Later, your voice crawls out
of my answering machine
'I want you'
Using that red dress
you bought me,
I smother your pleas.

Pris Campbell

Art: Jenni by International artist Janet Butler
copyrighted and used on my site with permission.

This one's on my site with music. Go to Yesterday's Kiss at Poetic Inspirations.

Published in Blackmail Press, fall 2002


Pat Paulk said...

Being trying for several days to post and couldn't get it to open. But it's open now. Love the music link!! Another wonderful Pris Campbell poem!!!

Pris said...

Hi Pat
Glad you made it on and thanks! I love the tune with that poem. Janet Butler also does amazing portraits.

Lyle Daggett said...

Nice poem, Pris. Reminds me a little of some of the poems by women of China centuries ago, the many short lyrics, often by anonymous or unknown writers. Especially "I bury my head/in your pillow," and "I smother your pleas."

Pris said...

Hi Lyle,
I'll try googling to see if I can find some in translation on the net. You've roused my curiosity now. And thanks.