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perfectly preserved
by anne cunningham

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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perfectly preserved

a cold winter's night,
beneath the full moon,
we lie in forever wait,
stark branches overhead
tangled, knitting the sky.

twigs, black as pitch,
a witch's dark veins,
swollen with ink,
ready to spill free,
bleed into our view.

moisture, palpable,
pending, anxious,
fails to cling midair,
as too heavily laden,
sky gives in, gives way.

frozen tears rain down,
an atmospheric crying jag
splashing rhythmically,
pitter, patter, pit, pit ... pit,
the vessels above pulse.

the sky bleeds out,
staining our jackets,
freezing to our eyelids,
our backsides cryo-solid,
paralyzed to the sod bed.

stilled, hands clasped,
tender the grasp now,
as if a firm squeeze
would surely shatter
what's held between us.

eyes fixed to the sky,
it's as if we are witness
to our own veins' depletion,
our need hemorrhaging free,
saturating the ground below.

frozen, shared preservation,
motionless, fixed to the earth,
adhered by vision into the night,
beyond shivering, succumbing,
i continue to lie with you.


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Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 1/23/2004
What can I say but excellent. Yes I had to read it, becoming a slacker just from tracking but it's all good!!
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 1/22/2004
When I read the title I thought "That's me - NOT" LOL

Delightful read and very well constructed. Well done.
Reviewed by Gary Gebert 1/21/2004
WOW! Reading this puts a picture of an old black and white movie in my head. Vivid images of an era of no color. Another dark and wonderful story that really reaches the depth of emotion. I like it!

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/21/2004

WOW. emotional and vividly described...WOW

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/21/2004
Great descriptions and write!
Reviewed by Christine Morell 1/21/2004
Outstanding imagery. A very stirring romantic poem.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/21/2004
Awesome imagery and emotion therefrom. Thank you, Anne. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/21/2004
Find this most paradoxical, being a man of little brain, it's dark the ending I was betwixt as if you lay or lie/fib, guess lay, this is great stuff, Tim's right..
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 1/21/2004
Why did this remind me of the Blair Witch Project? For some odd reason while I was reading this I kept having flashes of that movie. Very good write Anne. Lisa
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 1/21/2004
Beautiful expression of romantic love enhanced by the stark network of nude branches above. Now tell us how you were able to post on AD and get single spacing, please? Nothing I've tried has worked.
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