Thursday, March 27, 2014

For Livia Montana

(Who asked: “What does the beating of the heart and the taste of salt have in common?”)

One

you feel both in the tremble beside the trachea,
where the carotid and the swallow-muscles clutch.

Two

Blood, they have blood in common,
the taste of tarnished copper in the mouth.

Three

They have grief in common, the skin of the world's drum:
I wonder you would be asking this late in the day.

5 comments:

Dick said...

Beautiful, Dale.

Dale said...

thanks so much, Dick!

Christi Krug said...

I love the asker and the answerer, poet souls Livia and Dale. The answer is beautiful. So is the question.

Dale said...

yes, I didn't feel I was doing more than unfolding the question a little.

kristenburkholder said...

love.