Listen to the Wild

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Listen to the Wild

be wounded with her 
be empty and homeless
with her
be a light among her trees 
the turquoise darkness
at 3:20 am
encounter her 
be exquisite with her
ponder her like the long
pour of a Guinness 
at an Irish pub on a slow night
take a measure of her
crystal beauty 
her stained-glass beauty 
awake in her stomach
heal with her
bend with her 
have faith in her next breath 
dare to land with her
in that place where the Moon 
barely creeps in 
imagine her initialed
in your arm 
holding a knife
be crazy in love with her
more coveted than gold from iron
be magical with her 
belong to her without judgment
hiding under her altar
in the woods 
be like rabbits with her
or tadpoles
scurrying from the high shadows 

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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