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I Want to Speak of Want

Honorable Mention – 2020 Poetry Contest

of the need for lyric
whispers and fingertips
behind my ear
like a distant melody

of dappled water that flows
where tulips open
their soft petals spreading
like a morning yawn

of the weight of the stones
that left my body imprinted
my bones branded
my hands a delicate muzzle

of my desire as it sinks
into the peat of this fen
with its torturously slow
fade and decay

and of you my muse
forever and always
light years away
light years away


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Elisabeth Harrahy’s poems appear in Bramble, The Café Review, Constellations, Ghost City Review, Gyroscope Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Plainsongs, 3rd Wednesday Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere.

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