You are always

You are always afternoons
flowering slowly around this stone
as light—you can see

who was here, who wept
who left with both fists
holding your last breath

that’s still not over, warming it
for the kisses two by two
lowered into your mouth

the way an evening will listen
to anyone who promises
your arms will separate again

take in a hundred rivers
bringing you an old love song
and not know who, who?

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Rosenblum Poems published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. For more information including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com. To view one of his interviews please follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK774rtfx8see

See more of his work in 8.2 and 8.2 and 7.1 and 6.2 and 2.3 and 2.3 and in the 2019 Pocket Poems Anthology