I thought it would be good to have something interactive going on over at The Poetry Shed. The recent call for poems was on mental health which in a time of isolation and social distancing is an important issue to continue to address and discuss so the selected poems will continue to appear here each week. In between the poems I will put up a picture prompt and hopefully inspire some writing. I think(!) it might be possible for these (or some of these) to be posted in the comments below. Here is today’s image and I have included a poem of mine below to get you started….
You grow in me. I call you petal
and your name buds on my tongue at night.
We’re spooned in sleep, skin on skin
and I purr lullabies from sap-filled lips until
your limbs purl like newly-woken shoots:
fresh leaves wait for nursing, suckling.
I name you Lily, and in the bulb of my belly
the veins of your body knit together
and you sleepwalk inside me,
make tiny footprints in blurred dreams,
trail my spine with satin feet as if you
own each and every inch of me. I don’t know
which one of us is the honey, which the bee,
or who has the nectar we drink so deeply.
(From The Unmapped Woman)