Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Uneasy Rider by Diane Wakoski

Uneasy Rider

Falling in love with a mustache
is like saying
you can fall in love with
the way a man polishes his shoes
                of course,
                is one of the things that turns on
                my tuned-up engine
                those trim buckled boots
                (I feel like an advertisement
                for men’s fashions
                when I think of your ankles)
Yeats was hung up with a girl’s beautiful face
and I find myself
a bad moralist,
a failing aesthetician,
a sad poet,
wanting to touch your arms and feel the muscles
that make a man’s body have so much substance,
that makes a woman
lean and yearn in that direction
that makes her melt/ she is a rainy day
in your presence
the pool of wax under a burning candle
the foam from a waterfall
You are more beautiful than any Harley-Davidson
She is the rain,
waits in it for you,
finds blood spotting her legs
from the long ride.

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