“She Civilises Wild” my twenty first ekphrastic poem for National Poetry Month inspired by the powerful art of Marcel Herms.

21 Enkidu meets Gilgamesh[25621]

She Civilises Wild

In this untime
she teaches me the alphabet
of her body so I can read
as I enter her
I write in my head
she encircles
me in warm water hug

inspired by her sweet breath
on my lifted hairs
I smooth unblemished
light that covers her curves

She slows my rough thrust
learnt among the wild
Of hand and skin until
my fingers follow her furrows
a gentle plowshare
details her age
gently plays her treeclock

her maidenhood,
motherhood,
cronehood
bare skin
words come
Hi
warm sun in the dark
soft pressure drums
out my release makes
of her a mother, marks

a straight passage
for sunlight
as it rises
between stone
along the soil

I touch the earth with words
The wild run away from me.
She brings me into a city.

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