Piped in Lennon penetrates veins, ignites
obsession. I become sound, a black box speaker
tipped to kiss stage floor, deaf dancer
pirouetting on the boom beat of desire,
her percussive metatarsals. Oh to buzz about
something else, rearrange the marquee. Your role
not stroking the fine hairs of my spine, just so.
The after show remains unseen: a room
at the Chateau Marmont, my naked knees
reciting Keats every which way. Reservations
we’d press from wet ashes of our burning houses.
Strange, how I’ve never loved my husband,
bare-fleshed in the kitchen, more. Your eyes,
a feast of saints, my hands inhaling two worlds.
Michelle Bitting earned an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University, Oregon. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Narrative Magazine, and have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. In 2007, Thomas Lux chose her Good Friday Kiss as winner of the DeNovo First Book Award. This poem, “Permeable, Smitten,” won first place in the annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Competition, 2011, selected by Joyce Jenkins; it appears in Notes to the Beloved, winner of the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest, 2011. Michelle Bitting lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program and with California Poets in the Schools.