The Secret Life of Words by Alan Catlin

After the dream of a thousand cuts
that will not end and the wounds
that refuse to heal.

After the nursing someone worse
that near-dead, back to life, while
your own  pain, both inside and out,
is so intense, it is impossible to share.

After the passion of a Hiroshima
Mon Amour love ahs died, the shaved
head of desire.

After the inscribing of the a tattoo of
a phoenix rising on her pubic bone,
birds of paradise on her hips, her breasts-
after that, the longing that suggests a
deep water blowout resides inside,
then the spreading oil stain of her face.

After all the stitches, the clamps,
the stapled, the butterfly kiss of nylon
thread through skin: The Secret Life of
Words, Breaking the Waves, The Piano
Teacher, The Piano, all the irreparable,
damaged  women mutilated  by love.

Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin is the poetry editor of His latest books of poetry are American Odyssey from Future Cycle and Last Man Standing from Lummox Press

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