To coax you to sleep he kisses your fingertips, fingers spent hours roaming his skin, his hair, the hollow of his ass, between his toes, every part of him, does this mean he is kissing himself back, coaxing himself to sleep, not you— not you— You are the mirror of his discontent, he can look at you and you’re beautiful, he can see his face and body and coax it all to sleep.
This poem was first published at Blue Five Notebook.
Susan Tepper is the author of five books. Her most current is The Merrill Diaries (Pure Slush Books, July 2013), involving a young woman’s journey over 9 years, 2 continents, 2 husbands, a pair of spies, one psychic, hit men, hookers, the music biz and much, more more. Tepper has received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. www.susantepper.com
For an excerpt from The Merrill Diaries, go here. The Merrill Diaries will celebrate with a book launch on September 26 at 7pm at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey. If you are in the general area, check it out! Details here.
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