I like when we are in bed
and I kneel behind you
and look out the window
at your dress
gold and stretched on ocean waves.
I like being your shell
as you press underwater to a beach
to lay your eggs in buried sand.
I watch your lovingness,
sweeping sheets in an ancient rite
appearing from the sea.
My darling, I break on thee.
— Charles Bane, Jr.
As summer turns to fall and us northern types begin to dream of winter getaways we look at "Midnight" in the third installment of the serialization of Charles Bane Jr.'s 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Join us on this year-long journey as we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers, on alternate Tuesdays.
Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as, "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions.