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This Poem is Asking For Your Love

This poem is not usually like this
I don’t know what came over it
It’s mostly violet under the sun
with a large yellow parasol and a pond
with a center that never freezes
I swear I had no idea
I’m so used to trees of hearts and
cherries within its branches
I can’t imagine
what woke this poem up
with a truth I never wanted
It called out the tower window and said
I was alone
That in itself is a morbid lie
I have long shadows in Autumn and clouds
anytime there is a sky
In fact everything was going so well until
this poem wanted to undress me
and bring back my love
and hold me close and rub
my forehead when I had fever
It had no idea what trouble could come
from this so I wrote it
then I ran from it
now I can erase it
to show I never needed it after all
because don’t you know, Poem,
if you have to ask for something
it’s no gift.

Credit


Copyright © by Grace Cavalieri. Used with the permission of the poet.

Author


Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri is the author of numerous books, including the poetry collection What The Psychic Said (Goss publications, 2020) . A Poets Laureate Fellow, currently serves as the tenth poet laureate of Maryland.

Date Published: 2019-08-27

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/poem-asking-your-love