Spring 2013, Volume 14

Poetry by J. P. Dancing Bear

On the Lip of the Valley

Is the woman in the shadow of want
wondering at the man
on the valley edge

Is the man looking at the patchwork
of landscape below
like it is his life

She fondles a lock of his hair
stolen from their bed
last night

The world breaks off in squares
long lines and angles

She leaves the bedroom door open
a draft rustles her summer dress

Cool air raising the fine hairs
on her thigh

His hands in the intimate spaces
of his front pockets

She imagines his hands are a soft rain
soaking her clothes to a cling

And she breathes in deep from it
tasting and smelling all of him
and she does not call him

She stays long into the shadow of want
waiting for him to turn around
accept her unspoken call





BIO: J. P. Dancing Bear is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts. His latest books of poetry are Family of Marsupial Centaurs and other birthday poems (Iris Press, 2012) and The Abandoned Eye (FutureCycle Press, 2012). His thirteenth collection of poetry, Fish Singing Foxes will be released by SalmonPoetry in 2013.