Karen Vande Bossche
Congratulations to Karen! She is our 1st runner up in the Los Angeles Poet Society's 4th Annual Summer Poetry Contest with her poem July Musings.
I want to go outside. Seventy degrees,
no wind, my little deck the perfect place
to sit, to write, to slowly become light
marshmallow brown. I should
change to shorts, tank top. However:
I want to deck sit in my nightgown,
a flimsy knee length boat-necked cotton.
Facing the sun I would hike the hem
over my knees. Spreading my legs just so
I could feel the heat on my inner thighs.
I want a tumbler of red table wine
even though it’s nine in the morning.
It, too, would leisurely become warm,
somehow taste more potent, more
exotic, and a little more forbidden.
I want the couples, the housewives,
the noisy groups of bike riding kids
to wonder as they take a second look,
as they whisper to each other,
“Doesn’t she know we can see her?”
I want you to come home unexpectedly;
walk silently through the house;
stop for a moment and watch me.
Then, your lips against my warm neck,
begin your own summer poem.
(c)2014 Karen Vande Bossche