You Say Love


You wrap me around your arms,

You whisper soft, secret words.


You put your mouth on my mouth,

You hiss the word, "Love."


Too bruised to speak, a drowning man,

My breaths come in gasps.


Outside the spring sun squints

At the dying blue jasmine in its terracotta.


I say, "Water."

You say, "You should kiss me back."


Your plumpness, your hidden curves,

They strangle me like grief.


In the cryptic center of my head,

A voice recites a rhyme I read somewhere—


We talked between the rooms,

Until the moss had reached our lips,

And covered up our names.”


What is driving my arms, my tongue

Is but a guided dream.


I close my eyes—

I picture you, a different you.


You slant your head,

Your eyes are half-shut,

You whisper in distaste—

"I want you here."


But you will never find me here,

You did not bring me here.



Bibek Adhikari  

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2018-04-01 at 15:28

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
This is good Bibek. Mysterious and deep.

I loved the simplicity of the whole poem as I love all things that look as if they came easy. The line from Dickinson sneaks perfectly. The ending verses are a little too hurried. Do something as to elongate the last line in particular if you're going to use "here" three times consecutively, even go with the full "did not" instead of "didn't"

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Great atmosphere and imagery!

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done!