Lick by Juan Alonso
Lick by Juan Alonso
Lick by Juan Alonso

the Jacaranda were blooming out of season.

Or did I just imagine that.

It was before the terror of not

being able to dance,

before he wrote “Desperado is dead.”


Did I just imagine

how much I wanted him on the brown

velvet couch? Longing was like electricity in my fingers.

Later I’d print out the e mail,

all that foreplay


I wanted more than was convenient.

It felt safer on the page where I could

always lure men with my verbs.

II think he was really only an

urban legend but I thought of him

thru Germany and France


It felt safer leaving enough out

so any man could imagine what he

wanted. When he asked me

did I want to shower, I took my leather

jacket from his room as if it

was my body, He wouldn’t

have had to ask if I wanted with

his lips on my skin but he

hardly touched me. I imagined

more than the jacaranda when I


didn’t hear from him. 12 years later he

writes only my words could

save him. Not only Desperado is

dead but my aching for tortured men

so broken they can just torture

Now all I want is to dance under the

jacaranda, an Argentina tango

to gulp the blues


Poetry by Lyn Lifshin (www.lynlifshin.com)

Art by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez (http://juanalonso.info/)

Public Art work by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez
Public Art work by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 130 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the U.S.A, and her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. Lyn Lifshin has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass.




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