Guest post by poet Rick Subber

Today I’m pleased to feature a poem by Rick Subber, a writing mentor of mine, dear friend, and fellow blogger.

I hope you’ll check out Rick’s blog for smart, light-hearted but deep insights and enjoy his piece here “Nova.”

by Rick Subber

“I pray you’re not the devil.”

Fears run skeltering through me,
thoughts come rushing, must I burn with blushing?

“Please don’t make me get out of the car.”

You bought my pies, I started when your smile
drew my gaze up to your eyes,
                       one quick breath—

“I’m….     I….”

I was the girl with the bonnet. Your fingers touched my hand,
your words were horizons, I felt the cymbal in my heart,
                       my breast pressed full inside my apron

“Don’t hurt me. Take me with you.”

I cannot think, I had no plan,
no impulse to resist your smile,
            it beckoned me to cross a line,
it tore the thin cloak that pinned my arms
            and wrapped my life

“I will be your woman.”

….I don’t know what those words mean.
Look at me.
I see a stranger in my body, a new spirit says my name,
         new words boil in my brain,
         this sudden dream jolts, this shaking….
I will not risk losing this chance to live,
I will not wait for another smile
         to fill blank spaces in my life,
I will not wait until I have to say ‘I could have but I didn’t….’

“I will not be a girl with a bonnet.”

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015 All rights reserved

Read more of Rick Subber’s poems on his website.

Published by
The Australia Times Poetry, September 11, 2015


About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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