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Rosie D’Ercole




BLOOM


The blood rises hot

As lips find secret spots


Crevices cry

Capillaries burst


It blooms

Blue

Then

Yellow

Purple and Pink

Seeping across the surface of the skin


Marks of love, lust, trust

Left everlasting on the skin

Fingers trace them for days after

Remembering Roses

Blooming



SEEP


Your body is heavy

Wrapped around mine


And there’s no sleep

Here


Only a pooling

Seeping

Of blood

Through veins

A beat of drums

In my chest


Holding me down in place



FRACTURE LINE


Fracture lines crack

In mirrors reflecting ribs

Redness fluttering

Skin


Fingertips smooth over

Feeling for depths

I’m in over my head


Mosquito bitten

Skin kissed surface

Fabric clutched in creases


Over the hairline break

Walls are blue and tiled

In mirrors reflected lips


Pink with blood

Bold as brass

Silver chrome shines on

Secrets seep


Silent scenes

Barefoot on the floor

We decide

There’s time for more


And on and on just like before

Hands are slow

Savouring

Skin

Fingerprint

Marking

A path

Along spine, ribs and neck


Movement is lingering

Moments take lifetimes

Long and careful



LUNGS


Before my breath was trapped within my lungs

Fighting for release

It screamed and burned

Pounding in my chest

Locked with keys turned

Too tight

My feet stamped and hit the floor

Beating as a ran


But

Next to you it was free

It escapes

Finding yours

And between us we flew

Leaving the Earth behind

We lift from the ground

Dancing amongst the stars

And I am free

Next to you

Our breath shared

In space and time



HEARTLINES


To cultivate

Veins growing

Seeping away from the ties of the heart


Reaching fingertips

Palms

Hands

Lines linked


Alive like fire

Burning up


A fever


Dormant

As freezing ice


Heartlines stretched

Pulled

Pushed


Living

Breathing

Alive


To cultivate

Heartlines

Takes

Nourishing

Love


Unmistakable

Irresistible

Heartlines


About the Author: Rosie D’Ercole has worked in creative industries for over ten years, she is a dedicated writer who uses her poetry primarily to express precise moments in time. Her writing allows her to capture otherwise fleeting moments, and acts as a reference point to return to. Every time we return to a memory we remember the last time we remembered it. Writing allows for a recollection of how something felt in the moment the words hit the page. Almost all of her work is free verse and she enjoys the non conformity and self expression it affords her. She is due to be published in the upcoming third issue of Curio Cabinet and is currently editing her first anthology ‘The Pink Room’.


 




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