Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Poem by Nancy Purcell

Ins and Outs

Love, coming in,
gives a kick to your engine,
a lift to your wings,
the heart takes flight,
emotion sings.

It's the salt on your lips
when a light ocean breeze
caresses your body and
cools down the tease.

It's the touch on your cheek,
the hand of your muse,
words like "mine" and "forever,"
strike the match, light the fuse.

Love, walking out,
quickly chokes off the steam,
reverses your course,
shuts down the engine,
leaves the heart in remorse.

It's division and longhand,
that is mine, this is yours,
sign your name on the dotted,
a stiff drink always cures.

It's words like "I'll never,"
harsh rain on your face,
black clouds above you,
"Get me out of this place."

Nancy Purcell served as a North Carolina Writers Network/Elizabeth Squire Daniels Writer-in-Residence, Peace College, Raleigh, NC, teaches Creative Writing in the Brevard College Community Education program, and mentors aspiring writers.  She was the County Representative for the NC Writers' Network-Netwest Writers for 6 years.

1 comment:

  1. I love this poem! Nancy Purcell, I look forward to seeing more of your poetry.