Poem 8 ± World AIDS Day 2017

Risa Denenberg
the night we tossed your ashes

mingled with rose petals
into the whitecaps at Cherry Grove

can you see us

standing at the eastern edge
of sand at midnight
and the others, your friends
stampeding into waves
at high tide butt-naked
calling to me

come in come in come in

because of you
I have ebbed
into a bystander
the rest of my days
without buoyancy or grace


logoRisa Denenberg is the author of the poetry collections Whirlwind @ Lesbos (Headmistress Press, 2016), In My Exam Room (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2014), blinded by clouds (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014), Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013), and What We Owe Each Other (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013). Denenberg lives a quiet life in a place of stunning beauty on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state and earns her keep as a nurse practitioner. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, a publisher of lesbian poetry.

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