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POETRY CONTEST #8: FOURTH

This is How We Began

by Rayanne Doucet

Forthright and impertinent.
Books in my bloodstream.
Faded pages my constant companions.
Nights filled with wine and impudence.

You had more significant things to do
than speak with self-important school girls.
They called you Georgeo,
respect in their voices.
I stared across the room, unabashed.
Green eyes scored violet.

That first night you pressed
my body against a stone wall -
sinning on my mind.
You whispered, “mine”
against the heartbeat at my throat
before you strode away.

Your world was one of
concrete details and work that
broke the backs of lesser men.
Your young face already
marked with laugh lines.
You smelled of whiskey
and tobacco and horse flesh.

Months later, our bodies
sprawled against a willow tree,
University books forgotten under
Asiago cheese and Sangiovese grapes,
I told you I was ready to fall in love.
You laughed, “right where we are?”
Before you leaned in,  
and hummed a love song
along my lips.


Biography
Rayanne Doucet is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and has been
published in anthologies, online and in magazines. She is an award winning performance poet.
Her chapbook,
The Stories in My Skin, came out November 2013. The poem submitted is part of
a larger volume of work for her next full length book of poetry.
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