Michael R. Burch
Sweet Centerless Sixteen
Inconsolable as "love" had left your heart,
you woke this morning eager to pursue
warm lips again, or something "really cool"
on which to press your lips and leave their mark.
As breath upon a windowpane at dawn
soon glows, a spreading halo full of sun,
your first thought of love blinks wildly-on and on . . .
then fizzles at the center, and is gone.
Michael R. Burch's poetry has been translated into Czech, Farsi, Gjuha Shqipe, Italian, Macedonian, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese. His poems, essays, articles and letters have appeared more than 1,700 times in publications around the globe, including TIME, USA Today, The Hindu, Kritya, Gostinaya, Sonnetto Poesia, Light, The Lyric, Measure, Unlikely Stories and Writer's Digest-The Year's Best Writing. He also edits and publishes www.thehypertexts.com.