poetryrepairs #222 16.03:026

LYN LIFSHIN : The Man Who Holds Me
LYN LIFSHIN : The Man across the Room in the Ballroom

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LYN LIFSHIN
The Man Who Holds Me

in ballroom is the one I would have chosen half my life ago. He is just tall enough, just dark enough with soot black hair. When he holds me, his touch is air. No matter his wife is a beauty, young and he only goes for Asian women. Held so lightly I become someone else. I could close my eyes and be one with him, taller, ivory skin against his, my hair a dark river of ebony as in real life I never could

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LYN LIFSHIN
The Man across the Room in the Ballroom

is more than tall enough with wavy black hair. If he slicks it back, hes the sheik, soft and wavy, somebody in a 40s film. I stand near him in a class, imagine his skin. When we dance his touch is air. Who knows how hes treated women, he may be like one who tells you he thinks something might be then never calls. This man is like no other. His frame, how he holds me in a rumba, guiding with his body, still letting me dance in my space and when hes gone, everything in me longs for what really I never had

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COREY MESLER
Wall

Now is an excellent time to take inventory of that wall of yours. Is it serving you well? Is it keeping out the influences you don't want but allowing in the influences you do want? Could it use some renovation? Are you willing to reimagine what its purpose is and how you want it to work for you in the future?




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