goddess - left      Prayer to the Goddess of Lost Love
     Adam Tavernier

     To have and to hold.
     Is there any other way to say it?

     I could say flesh like cream silk as if
     “flesh like cream silk” hasn’t made forests
     of dark marks on every poet’s page.

     But I do not have the flesh and do not hold it.
     Do not hold her.

     Ayako, I do not have you and do not hold you. Cream
     through my fingers, and I’m still licking the places on my toes
     where I think the droplets hit.

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