Friday, February 15, 2019

lips



You know how sometimes someone misspeaks and it's like a whole new world has opened up?


how they came to be

that word never uttered your lips
no
it was a
gut feeling that uttered your lips
into soft pink being, sound free
no
your lips were they sputtered
into speech by a gullet full of
swallowed beach
no
certain now
surely your lips were spoken in
guttural groans and croaks
no
mayhap your
lips were buttered, basted, pursed
and popped from bubbles of spit
no
worried that your lips were
flurried up chapped and hushed by
winter slush
no
say it now
that word ever uttered your lips

 draft ©HM 2019
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 Happy Valentine's Lips Day. The round-up is over at Check It Out with Jone today where there will be much Cybilant rejoicing from many lips!

10 comments:

  1. Whee! Enjoying the fun of buttered word utters & slipped lips. Appreciations for this Joy.

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  2. Yes! It happens & one would always hope that the word would be "flurried up chapped and hushed". Fun, Heidi, a moment!

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  3. Oh wow, there is such richness in the words. I love this. And yes, I totally know how someone misspeaks.

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  4. I wold love to hear this poem at a spoken word performance. You craft the most unusual, delightful poems. Words like guttural, gullet, buttered, uttered create the sense of uh, uh, what did I say?

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  5. I agree....this poem calls for performance. So sensuous without being overtly sexy. I love all the "s" sounds packed into it. That gullet full of swallowed beach...seems to inform my speech too much!

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  6. When we misspeak we bear the brunt of our words. What great lines:
    your lips were they sputtered
    into speech by a gullet full of
    swallowed beach
    Thanks for sharing this poem of yours, Heidi.

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  7. Very playful and yet a serious undertone, an uncertainty. Very precious.

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  8. I'm intrigued by the repeating "no."

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  9. I like the repeating "no" too, that contradiction–fun, sly poem.

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  10. "mayhap your
    lips were buttered, basted, pursed
    and popped from bubbles of spit"
    Wow!I agree with others that this poem needs to be performed. What a delightful mix of words and sounds!

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