Moonmilk, or: Full and embodied

Poetry Partners #95

‘Naked and Sacred’, by Nick Pipitone of ‘Fiction & Ideas’

Awakenings come when least expected
A freeing of inner tension, an explosion
Of color, light back into dull worlds
The knot in my stomach is gone

Soul connections made
Souls fused together
Souls finding souls on empty streets
Drawn to each other by the dazzled

Stars in our hungry eyes
Under the moonlight, I had so many
Secrets to share and burdens to bear
The moon was full and embodied

The passion of the nearest cosmos
A long time ago, I kept this hidden
It was an era of rigid morals
Where my skin was of sandpaper

And the righteousness of my words
Kept me from fervent embraces
But no more – the color is here now
The reds, blues, turquoises of life

Shine through the cracks of our surfaces
And I can only imagine what it’ll be like
When the cracking is complete
And we emerge naked and sacred

From those shells

A poem by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

Beyond verses, far beyond words, minds blank;
anxieties flushed out in streams of sweat;
swollen, heavy, heaving flesh; flared nostrils;
whites of her eyes rolling back; transcendent

surrender to primal purpose;
nails dig into crumpled linens,
saturated in succulent
musky scent of buffalo hides

and bear furs beneath cave
paintings of hoary hunts
and human hands; finger
flutings traced in moonmilk;

lunar cycles
renewing life's
potential; faint
abdominal

twinges;
ageless
need, less
morals

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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