After Neruda

As I stare from a distance,
I remember the chart of your body.

I am a shell of loss,
and I listen for the call of the gulls. 

I trace your outline, your generous mouth,
the wave of your wanting. 

In that moment, you are the light hesitating.
I plunge into your story. And so it begins.

We are the tides swelling.
Longing is an ancient mariner.

And I know that the place
between your breaths is enough.

Since I have you, everything is water.
So let go my love, the world will wait. 

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Joe Barca is a poet from New England. He has published four short poetry collections, and his work has been included in a number of publications and anthologies. He is a husband, a father, and the owner of a Wheaten Terrier.  Joe is a fast talker and a slow runner.
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