Magazine article World Literature Today

Skins, Forms, Flows, Tones

Magazine article World Literature Today

Skins, Forms, Flows, Tones

Article excerpt

What holds water in a drop

tension that holds humans in

between

their sweet skins

water holds us

her arms bays

tide of blood

beat so close

Just our skins

between

home and ocean

inland sea

river just between us

just a beat

between

who you are

who I am

who we are

We call our own way back

climb a liquid ladder

pour ourselves into

various and fluid forms

Between

bluegreen bays

gray lakes

river feeding life into our bodies

We flow across continents

flow through peoples

one water no matter

our driftthe rifts

and rips of tides

Our skins vibrate afire

concordant a blood current

sounding

Just us

Just this skin between us

Skins skin kin kindred

kind red kind

kin skin

What holds water in a drop

tension that holds humans

between their sweet skins

her arms bays

tide of blood

beat so close

just our skins

between

home and body of water

just between us

just a beat

between

who you are

who I am

who we are

You wear your skin no matter where

you inherited your tones smooth

over structure of bone anyone who

looked at you would know No

Your home of skin

Warm cool sleek subtle shag of

days

steam of work sweat and regret and

inked to say

My skin's a story

you cannot guess

a history you cannot claim

Tones songs forms to say

Let me tell you you won't know me

by my blue-black blurred word

that bled into fade

no matter

My skin's a story

you cannot guess

My people made me

My water claims me

You cannot guess

I swim a liquid ladder

Distance no matter no home too far

Skins skin kin kindred

kind red kind

kin skin

Carry me across dry days

My skin my own sweet home for water

Beating blood of history

We water walking we skins

Poet Heid E. …

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