Water falls against midnight caught
in a moonless river, empty summer
reflects chaos, possibility, something
true in an unpunished world.
Love linked to sacrifice, misery’s blue edge.
Stars collapse, movement orients
crushing silence. She licked
his body, wild internal rhythms
descending to counterlight, transforming
unconscious instinct, tension between faith
and prisms of sensation, skin against need,
loneliness against skin, her eyes shut tight.
She hears river water. His hands show her the way.
MARY JULIA KLIMENKO obtained her BA & MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University where she taught Creative Writing for two years before returning to school to get a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She divides her time between her private psychotherapy practice and writing. She has a chapbook published by Spire Press, Source Vein, is published in numerous literary journals and has three limited edition books in print in collaboration with artist, Manuel Neri. She’s been his primary model and collaborator for the past four decades.