selected past writing at 42opus


Heart, we will forget him, by EMILY DICKINSON

Heart, we will forget him,

   You and I, tonight!

You must forget the warmth he gave,

   I will forget the light.

15 February 2007 | poetry, classic, love poem, rhyme



Rest on my heart, deaf, cruel soul, adored

Tigress, and monster with the lazy air.

I long, in the black jungles of your hair,

To force each finger thrilling like a sword…

14 September 2006 | poetry, classic, translation, rhyme


Pauline: A Fragment of a Confession by ROBERT BROWNING

Pauline, mine own, bend o'er me—thy soft breast

Shall pant to mine—bend o'er me—thy sweet eyes,

And loosened hair, and breathing lips, arms

Drawing me to thee—these build up a screen

To shut me in with thee, and from all fear,

So that I might unlock the sleepless brood

Of fancies from my soul…

27 September 2007 | poetry, classic


Ice Above, Water All Around by ANDREA SCARPINO

Below the ice, frozen air, hibernating frogs. My cheeks alive with the burn, my ears. I wanted to touch air, awaken the frogs from their sleep. A bitter cracking sound. From the bottom of the pond, I called to you.

14 June 2009 | poetry, prose poem


Sticking to the Form by ELAINE OLDS

Unlike the dress her mother wore, with long lace

sleeves and buttoned to the neck, a polite dress,

hers has a scoop neck not too low, filmy

fabric swaying with each step, a not too tight dress…

29 August 2007 | poetry, ghazal

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