“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,
bare skin
words come
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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