View Of Santorini Caldera

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The volcano sleeps on.

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Fasting

Fasting

 

I’d do anything and have to keep this in and you anything 

and have to keep from hearing.

Olga Broumas

 

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Of course,

you can see the hunger

in my eyes more clearly

than ever recognize yours

were you to stand eyes

to mirror and examine

the depth of needs

you act out daily

 

You lie to yourself

amorcito, 

using every instrument

of vision    binoculars

and telescope to scan 

the horizon rather than

look into my eyes

and glimpse yourself

 alone   just as hungry

as breathless with desire

 

you are so unaccustomed 

to apotheosis   that ecstasy   

being wide open

like sky

though we sleep windows

doors flung aside

wake at sunrise to watch

blue to pink   lights

on the bridge the only seperation

of night and ocean

even then I must ask

for your embrace

though we share this

purely before

our defenses have wakened

 

what pulls you away

from me    after

we have made unabashed

love for hours intuitively

amorcito   in sleep you

lay your head on my breasts

content   our breath  our hearts

synchronous

and full

Comes The Storm

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Comes The Storm

I’m not going to give in

to sad endings

let me fly above them all

even if it is alone

I hold every moment intact

thought you look away from me

I have opened so many doors without you

closed others    changed the locks

I have walked the beach with no hand

to hold    hold me tight

what I want is worthless

what I want turns to dust in my hands

what I want I know better than to need

to define me    rain falls without you

comes the thunder

counting until lightening

yes I know the swift approach

light my own candle against the storm

I refuse you now

I have held constant for so long

even as old pictures fade

I remain    yes I

remain strong

Hot Springs

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Michael thought he’d been most everywhere in the Caribbean. Still, he had never visited Dominica. His father dismissed it as being unexciting and his mother bemoaned that the hotels did not have even a single star to their credentials. Grazi was crazy about the island.

Every time they visited San Juan, she found a way to hop islands to get to her Dominica. They spent plenty of time in the sulpher springs and visited every mineral bath on the island. As long as they had rum, he was along for the ride.

“This place is volcanic… so its alive.”

“The hardships I endure for love.” Michael replied thinking of his mother’s absurd comment. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for Grazi. She made all the difference, she was enough.