Poem by Gabriela M.
i am looking over your love letters
my hands are shaking
winds are trying
to take them away from me
into the depths of the roiling ocean
i am fighting the winds
i am back with you in that place
palm trees born from violet skies
white drapes covering adrenalized lovers
i am laughing
follies of love
your teeth leave painful marks
on my shoulder
winds funneled through my heart
push me into the ocean
salty waters corrode my nostrils
stingrays puncture my arteries
a church bell tolls
where are they?
About the Poet
Gabriela M. is a university professor in the US and the author of three novels. She blogs here under the pen name short-prose-fiction
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A poignant poem with vivid imagery and stunning metaphors.Always love reading Gabriela words.
Great images here. Stingrays & adrenalized lovers! I was surprised at the direction this poem took.
Those hand written letters, bringing old memories, surging like a storm. Congratulations an lovely creation
Relatable and affecting words. An excellent poem from an outstanding writer. It’s always a pleasure to read “short-prose-fiction’s” work.
What vivid imagery. The yearning stays with you.
Beautifully crafted and written. A very enjoyable read.
Best not to be back in the zone with the senders of some letters – which gives me an idea for my own next poem! Thanks for the stimulus & enjoyed the read!
Lovely poem, Gabriela. Startling images of the stingray and bites that leave marks!
I collected old love letters and photos from the time I was about eleven, only discarding them after reading once more in my late sixties. The old candy box they were in was falling apart, and we were moving…hopefully for the last time! All the best! Cheryl