A Poet's Double Life

For poets working outside the literary world.

November PAD Challenge, Day 22


Flash of Red

His stubble brushes my cheek
like sandpaper, the friction sparking a slow
burn from hip sway to toe reach.
There’s something different
about our dance, in the way he changes
direction to make this pleated skirt
unfurl in a flash of red, something
that pushes beyond the wall
of friendship we’ve built to keep
our hearts apart. I feel it every time
we lean in together like two
sides of a triangle, trusting
that the other won’t give way.

~Pamela L. Taylor © 2013


Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and strategy/data guru living in Massachusetts.

5 thoughts on “November PAD Challenge, Day 22

  1. Beautiful. It is like I was dancing with him reading your poem. I imagined and felt. Thank you!

  2. This is interesting and teases that old question: can a man and woman remain as friends, will that wall ever hold even when one or the other leans heavily on it.

    The red flash — a nice tease

    • You’re right. It’s that When Harry Met Sally question, “Can men and women really be friends?” I think there are times when they can and can’t–an ebb and flow.

      Thanks for your comment.

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