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First Line: Can she induce a dream?
Last Line: I kiss her, I kiss her until she kisses back
Subject(s): Kisses

Can she induce a dream?
Her dress is pink-green.
Her Turkish face is black.
She sits in the central part of a wheel.
In Arizona she is in a desert.
On the sand now she gets hot sunlight.
I swear I won't mean any of this when I wake.
An immobile insect, she is a secret.
She remains secretive as she stands
on her hands, then her knees.
As she waters the plants with care she touches them.
Between her fingers she holds, in upright wonder,
the unruly sunlight, kissing it with great devotion.
Can she survive my wakefulness? I kiss her,
I kiss her, I kiss her till she kisses me back.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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