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Peter Meinke is emeritus professor of creative writing at Eckerd College. He has published numerous books of poetry, including Scars, Zinc Fingers, Liquid Paper, and The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems. Meinke is the recipient of many awards, including the Olivet Prize, the Paumanok Award, three Poetry Society of America Awards, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and two NEA Fellowships. In 2009 he was appointed the first Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida.

December 2014

From Lucky Bones

by Peter Meinke

 

THE LOVER


When I was young
blood-driven and obsessed
by devils bucking in my veins
I burned to be caressed

Old bones & flesh
I’ll beat you yet

Scarlet skirts that blazed
like capes before a bull
would make me paw the earth:
I felt so powerful

Now my blood is dust
but still my slower pulse
throbs to the beat of lust
with less results

Old bones & flesh
I’ll beat you yet

I may not ever get
the philosophic mind
though winter’s ice will set
and ice is blind

When I’m old
bed-ridden & forgiven
by women wrapped in shawls
I’ll repent & go to heaven

and when I see God dancing
I’ll tell Her like a friend
God the game’s worth the candle
but tiring in the end

Old bones & flesh
I’ll beat you yet


 

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