Topography

If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, or if you’ve ever had to be apart from your partner for (what feels like) an extended period of time, you can appreciate this poem of Sharon Old’s. And if you never have had that experience, and if your imagination just fails to grasp what it must be like, maybe you can appreciate how cleverly she talks about sex, and what sex means.

"At the Gate in Blue" by simplyhue, available through etsy.
“At the Gate in Blue” by simplyhue, available through etsy.

Topography
by Sharon Olds

After we flew across the country we
got in bed, laid our bodies
delicately together, like maps laid
face to face, East to West, my
San Francisco against your New York, your
Fire Island against my Sonoma, my
New Orleans deep in your Texas, your Idaho
bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas
burning against your Kansas your Kansas
burning against my Kansas, your Eastern
Standard Time pressing into my
Pacific Time, my Mountain Time
beating against your Central Time, your
sun rising swiftly from the right my
sun rising swiftly from the left your
moon rising slowly from the left my
moon rising slowly from the right until
all four bodies of the sky
burn above us, sealing us together,
all our cities twin cities,
all our states united, one
nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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