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Tastes Like An Alder Fire
Sunday, December 07, 2014



When a Stranger’s Skin Tastes Like An Alder Fire
Diana Hayes – This is the Moon’s Work







When a stranger’s skin tastes like an alder fire,
when he tastes like dusk, mid-July, orca’s oil seeping in the inlet, bodies
languishing on yachts as the halyards keep rhythm for a sheltering sun

When a stranger sails his schooner snug into the harbour,
walks you down the night beach, tide up beyond the rocks slipping,
helps you find your footing with his hands, fine whiskey in a glass, no shoes

When a stranger tears the shoulders from your dress clean,
kisses the pit of your arm while the fire flames alder in the sand, dances
both hands in slow circles past your knees, kisses again the pit in your arm wet
with mid-July heat and smoke

When a stranger calls you Undine, calls you fey, tells you Paracelsus knows no
Alchemy for this, pours sea water in your hair, mercury rises and licks the sand
from your face

When a stranger speaks a tropical language, intonation of consonants,
Measured breadth in tongues, speak words from a forbidden book, chants
the chorus from his throat, words rising and falling like an oboe on the wind,
nearly decipherable

Cuando la piel del forastero sabe a fuego del eliso

Forastero, mío, cuando te deslizas entre el crepúsculo
y la noche,
tu piel como estrellas de alabastro que se muevan
bajo la mirada de la luna llena,
como seda entrepierna, bebiendo el elexir salado,
bebiendo el hambre de mis hojos

Mi, forastero, intrépida sirena de tantas canciones, la cera ‘
de Ulises se ha caido de mis oidos
Y ahí encuentro tu lengua,
El calor, ancho como el arco de la playa, el calor quemando
el mástil, quemando el hambre de his hojos,
el calor de tu sexo

that’s what he says




When a stranger takes you into his net and bends you until you think you will
Break, bends you clear to the moon, swallows you whole, drinks your sighs,
Bends you more

Breaks your heart when he leaves your harbour, leaving the taste of the alder fire
on your tongue, in your hair, everywhere the taste of smoky skin, your legs
dripping the night,

When a stranger’s skin tastes like an alder fire, all next day

Cuando la piel del forastero sabe al fuego del eliso





     

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