Poem for our Anniversary by Johanna Ely

Poem for our Anniversary

I ask you if you still want me
the way the shore wants
the ocean to lap
against its edges,
if you still feel the strong desire
of tides that pull and push
against a moon that is
slivered forever into my skin.
I ask if you remember me,
how I was before you really
knew me,
before you pulled me
to shore, breathing life
into my collapsed lungs
with your slow blues
and blackbird calls.
I want to love you
the way the shore delights
in choppy waves hitting
the seawall at high tide,
or longs for the silent calm
of receding water caressing sand.
You answer yes to everything,
even when I ask you if you imagined
my poems flying across your lips
the first time I kissed you.
I tell you I am the swallow
who will always return home
because you follow me there,
carrying marsh grasses in your beak,
the setting sun blossoming
like a bloodshot rose in your wings,
the ebb and flow of who we are inhaled,
how the love we have smells like the sea.

by Johanna Ely

Editor’s Note: Imagery, metaphor, personification, simile, enjambment—this poem’s craft is stellar.

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2 thoughts on “Poem for our Anniversary by Johanna Ely

  1. Lovely! Joan

    On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 5:05 AM, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily wrote:

    > Christine Klocek-Lim posted: “Poem for our Anniversary I ask you if you > still want me the way the shore wants the ocean to lap against its edges, > if you still feel the strong desire of tides that pull and push against a > moon that is slivered forever into my skin. I ask if y” >

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  2. Pingback: From the archives – Poem for our Anniversary by Johanna Ely | Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

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