Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG/FOR SANNA, by OLGA BROUMAS

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SONG/FOR SANNA, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What hasn't happened / intrudes, so much
Last Line: Miss you.
Variant Title(s): Song / For Sanna
Subject(s): Absence; Food & Eating; Love; Mythology - Classical; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism

... in this way the future enters
into us, in order to transform itself
in us before it happens.


What hasn't happened
intrudes, so much
hasn't yet happened. In the steamy

kitchens we meet in, kettles
are always boiling, water for tea, the steep
infusions we occupy
hands and mouth with, steam
filming our breath, a convenient

subterfuge, a disguise
for the now
sharp intake, the measured
outlet of air, the sigh, the gutting

of the present where
what hasn't happened will
not be ignored, intrudes, separates
from the conversation like milk
from cream, desire

rising between the cups, brimming
over our saucers, clouding the minty
air, its own
aroma a pungent
stress, once again, you will get
up, put on your coat, go
home to the safer passions, moisture
clinging still to your spoon, as the afternoon
wears on, and I miss, I
miss you.

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