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Carol of the Bells

 

by Robert Beveridge

 

 

We have walked this path

before, drunk from tulips' cups

and sang the Latin Mass

in the rain. An Ode to Joy,

another whisper under clouds,

your green shift washed away

in thunder, lightning. Turn

the clock back, we regain

the time we spend together

in renewed energy, shared strength.

 

Your fingers on the keys redress

the song, infuse it

with your curves, at once delicious

and despised. I can look at you

and see the perfect mix

of flesh and muscle; I can hope

you see this in my eyes.

 

Sweat washed away by rain

is still, of course, honest.

It is work, this unclothed

music, however we desire it,

and it leads us with it

back into the wilderness,

the satisfaction

naked in the rain.




Eden

 

by Robert Beveridge

 

Awaken next to you

where are we?

Sex again, then

it doesn't matter

we still got

a thousand miles of gas

and food in my wallet

 

Let's start another day

and explore each other

like the first time

in your little apartment

scent of peppermint

that's reminded me of you since

and your one-piece jumpsuit

left with a shrug of your shoulders

 

outside there's only road

and that's good

in here's what matters



 

 

 

Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Chiron Review, Zombie Logic Review, and The Literateur, among others.

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