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© by Maya Stein

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

something for everyone
























I want the water to fill your glass the moment
it sees your thirst.
I want the staircase to meet your footfalls.
I want the line to the freeway to move like breath.
I want the wind flattering your hairline, the rainshower
a welcome refreshment. I want the parking space to fit your car.
I want the birds on your back deck to warble in the exact way
they did during your childhood. I want the photographs
of all your holiday dinners buzzing with a certain unnamable
happiness. I want the dry cleaners to understand
your outrageous requests.
I want the man calling your house to survey
your thoughts on phone companies to remember
the evening is precious as silk. I want your new jeans to not
come undone in the wash. I want snow to land on your eyelashes
like it does in the movies, an etheric, slow-moving kiss.
I want a letter to arrive the moment
you feel most unwelcome of your own company.
I want the scent of lemons in the air. I want the power lines
overshadowed by the view your neighborhood offers at twilight.
I want the downtown ice rink to keep your fantasies aloft.
I want the moon to articulate your most punishing silence.
I want the willow tree revived and teeming, the broken daisies
resurrected and obstinate with brightness.
I want the labyrinth of what ifs narrowed
to a single, poignant sentence.
I want the tulips to be wild as clover, as fog, as good intentions.
I want your heart to cut through its own brutality,
for your body to see everything about you that’s beautiful.
I want love to come at you in thick pats of butter,
in strands of spun sugar, heavy and light as cream.
I want it to bathe your skin until you are nothing
but forgiveness, until your shadows have disappeared,
until all of your perfect right angles have collapsed,
until you are a curve of a curve,
and your hands slide forward and open
and are able, at last, to feel everything.

9 comments:

Joanna Young said...

Another beautiful poem. Thank you x

evlyn said...

just beautiful!

Karen Maezen Miller said...

It does; I am; as it always is: perfect.

kath said...

thank you ... these good wishes say it all

margie said...

maya, as usual your writing dazzles me. have a happy new year.

Kimberly said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely.

airstreamdiva said...

this poem is my introduction to your work. thank you so much.

Fhung said...

Thank you for such a beautiful, poignant poetry. I first read it on the 37days blog and I just had to find out more about you and your writing :).

purplesplatitudes said...

dropped in to read and wanted to say I enjoyed this poem immensely. So much thought into these details!