for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

Abrazos (for One Shot Wednesday)

If your lips open
as if in awe, and purse
for a light trill, if a tiny whisper
escapes through your smile, a
soft hiss as you breathe
you have said,

Say it again
and feel your
breast caving in
as your arms curve
like an open arc, an arc
the size of your aching.

Then when your palms
clasp, feel how your heart
gasps, as it curls
in hers.

first published in, April 2008

Posted for One Shot Wednesday at One Stop Poetry, a community of poets and artists community whose love for what they do sustains their being together.


February 2, 2011 - Posted by | free verse, lyric poetry, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Lovely poem, full of the melting sensation of fine chocolate on the tongue or a warm embrace–two of my favorite things. Also nice to see some of your earlier stuff. Enjoyed it much.

    Comment by hedgewitch | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Hmmm…’melting sensation’ but that’s how an embrace feels like, isn’t it? I’m glad my poem expressed it for you. Thank you so much again, Joy, for words that mean so much to me!

      Comment by alee9 | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. This was the first poem I read of yours. It is beautiful.

    Comment by Raven Garland | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks again, Raven! Yes, I remember it’s the poem I sent you!

      Comment by alee9 | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  3. What an amazingly beautiful poem! I love it! “an arc the size of your aching” and “how your heart gasps as it curls in hers” are lovely lines, but the whole it is so well-crafted. Great work!

    Comment by Mattison | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Ami! Thank you for finding this poem ‘well-crafted’. I wrote out of a genuine feeling and the sound of the word. I think I focused on ‘romance’.

      By the way, your blog has a lot of great read. Thank you for linking up with me.

      Comment by alee9 | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  4. Lovely lines. Nice effect to give the reader pause to consider the moment.

    Comment by dustus | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Adam! I like how you put it, ‘pause’ to relish ‘the moment’.

      Comment by alee9 | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  5. an arc the size of your aching…tight…i like that…lovely verse….

    Comment by brian miller | February 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes, ‘tight’ as when you ‘ache’ for that oneness in an embrace. Thanks, Brian!

      Comment by alee9 | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  6. Very tender and beautiful– I love that word, “abrazos”… thank you for your wonderful comments on my poem today, Alegria. xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | February 3, 2011 | Reply

    • And thanks for coming by, Jen! I know that you, too, would love that word.

      Comment by alee9 | February 3, 2011 | Reply

  7. arc
    the size of your aching.. i like this!

    Comment by Claudia | February 4, 2011 | Reply

    • So very glad you like it, Claudia! Thanks so much!

      Comment by alee9 | February 5, 2011 | Reply

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