Separated By the Stream

Christina Saj

Christina Saj

The Man in the Story
has discovered The Woman
Not simply the fact that She exists
~ another creature loose in his Garden ~
but an Other with his own likeness
who by Her presence kindles
a fire in His very bones

In Her presence He is
a tongue`tied ox at his post
who watches Her every movement
Her form Her manner Her graceful eye
ever on what is at hand Not on Him
Never on Him She sees Him
without watching Him

In Her absence He is
a flea`bitten dog on a leash
scratching at an itch he cannot reach
obsessing on Her breast Her leg Her hip
Her long hair falling over a shoulder
like a cluster of red grapes
tumbling from a vine

Seeking Her He finds
Her bathing in a still pool
But does he call out Her name? No
Rather he lies in the long grass watching
She is a beauty not to be disturbed
Still the itch keeps itching
He keeps scratching

      So alike The Man and The Woman
      Separated as they are by the Stream

“I’m greedy for the pack`rat to make
it across the swift creek. It’s my first swimming
pack`rat and I wonder why he wants the other side.
The scent of a pack`rat woman perhaps.” ~ Jim Harrison


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Separated By the Stream

  1. John says:

    Ah, the basics.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is a delightful version of every Adam and Eve story.


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