Three poems | by Michael Griffith

Beyond the Lens

 

My woman’s eyes are always looking

beyond the lens in photographs

for truths,

for love,

even after love has been found

and had.

 

Many women’s eyes look beyond a lens –

at least those seekers of souls and mates.

 

Love beyond.

Love unbound.

 

There is always movement in that

frozen light of a photograph

that holds a beautiful woman

still,

inside its frame.

 

A hint of excitement is always

in the eyes of an intelligent woman,

a woman worth beyond loving.

 

Animated in stillness,

warm in cold contrast,

beauty captured, yet

unbound.

 

Time stopped,

truth flowing.

 

Love now found.


Vow

 

Your lipstick stains my wineglass.

 

I have loved you long before

the grapes were harvested,

turned to a red deeper than your stain,

yet less intoxicating than your lips.

 

Stick to stone, hurt the bone

broken bonds

and words can always

hurt me.

 

Vow        do us        part.

Death may still kiss my bride,

a willful bride to a willing death.

 

Look how lovely in white!

How handsome in his best suit.

Grey as smoke-layer atop a pyre.


I can’t spell “separate” right

I always spell it wrong,
usually “s e p e r a t e,”
hearing “er,” not really “ar.”

It’s not right, I know, after
making the mistake in spelling.
(And this spelling by ear business? Really…)

But my soul, not my mind, controls my words;
it’s my soul misspelling a word it never liked,
feeling “us,” not really “me.”

 

 

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Michael Griffith began writing poetry to help his mind and spirit become healthy as his body recovered from a life-changing injury. His works have recently appeared both online and in print in The Good Men Project, the Starving Poets Tour anthology book, Dual Coast Poetry, Degenerate Literature, NY Literary Magazine, and Wild Words. He teaches and resides near Princeton, NJ.

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