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Jan-Mitchell Sherrill: Two love poems

70th Birthday Of the Boy I loved in High School

You felt what I gave you,
shivering the propulsive physics
of that movement.  What, all these years
ago, connected stars of an unclear
figure flat above us?
                                Come with me
to the river again: we will test Heraclitus,
kiss deep at the tender point of sleepless change.
Physics is against us.
                              We move away, we pull again,
the glass-green beetle barbed to your skin. You
whisper, " Go, go, go." Fifty years. Creeping cats
hunt lonely among cemetery stones.  I am in you,
I am in that river.  I am gone.


B Flat

B flat is the note.  It kills me,
not despair but the scraping
of the spirit from hard edge,
the painted eyes, from nothing.

Oh, it is us, sorrow the fugitive
balance, the humming tedium
of twitching wire. No touch
preserves us; music hurts, air
burns us.  I will forget that indentation
running down the center of your chest;
the fit of my hand there, the finest-tailored glove.
No truth to love, sneering riddle, the bang, chop
puzzle of need, desire.

Copyright 2021 Jan-Mitchell Sherrill

The Rainbow River in Florida is often called “The Most Beautiful River in the World.” (Photo: BBC)

One comment on “Jan-Mitchell Sherrill: Two love poems

  1. Barbara Huntington
    February 14, 2021

    And I cannot find that boy I loved in high school. But there have been wars, snd disease, snd deaths and fantasies die hard

    Liked by 1 person

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