by Charles Schilling
It was a slow kiss
Giving warmth to my chilled face.
Her lips so light upon me,
And her embrace around me.
Her hands running delicately through my hair
And a hug to my weary body.
It envelops me
And the heat is so intense.
It burns my skin.
It burns it to char and eats my bones;
A complete assault upon me.
I am melting and boiling
And my mind begins to fry.
Lava settles in my heart
And it is liquified to fiery tears.
Torture prolonged to minutes, hours… days?
A cool breeze takes my hand,
Washes my face.
It dances around me, cleansing me,
All with beautiful grace.
Then it passes.
The Inferno devours me.
In May, I featured poet Charles Schilling, a former student of mine. I am pleased to do so again, with his poem, “A Lingering Memory.” A poem that will linger in my memory. ✨ Charles is used to my corny jokes, but with that comment, I am not joking.
If you missed his first feature on my blog, here you go: “Lifting the Fog.” Charles selected “Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part IX” by Pink Floyd to accompany his poem. He said the song is “a quiet and forceful remembering of a lingering memory that refuses to go, causing an inferno to rage within the mind – a sort of war of introspection.” A great choice, and one of the best concerts I’ve been to, I told him.
Charles is heading into his final semester, which begins tomorrow. If you read his first poem featured on my blog, you might recall that Charles is an undergraduate student attending Arizona State University. He is currently finishing degrees in History and English Literature.
Thank you for visiting and encouraging the work of a fine poet and future teacher. Be well. 💗Michele
Photo 1: by KieferPix Photo 2: by Igor Haritanovich Photo 3: focused Charles
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