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Love Now
Gail Braune Comorat


has shifted beyond for richer,

for poorer, in sickness, et cetera.


We adore each other now

in food: You bring home mesh bags 


of melons and yams, carry out 

what we don’t consume. You come  


and go like the moon, circle me

as I chop Gala apples, wild


blueberries, pecans, and sweet 

cherries for salads. We take our meals 


seriously now. You turn on a little

rock and roll, crack open 


a bottle of Junkyard Red, pour 

glasses that are half-full, and we drink 


to our health. These days, you and I 

are focused on antioxidants. 


Even our chocolate is semisweet, 

seventy percent cocoa and studded 


with pomegranate. My love, now 

you finish drying dishes, 


break off a dark rectangle, catch me 

in a tangled embrace (to hold 


from this day forward),

offer me the bigger half.


© by Gail Braune Comorat.
Used with the author’s permission.

Gail Braune Comorat is a founding member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild and has had poems published in Adanna, Grist, Gargoyle, and numerous anthologies. She received a 2011 fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an emerging writer in poetry, and was the winner of the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award for her poem, "Summer of Ladybugs." Gail lives in Lewes, Delaware. More information about her poetry can be found on the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild site, under "Our Writers."


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Thanks so much everyone!
Posted 02/02/2014 03:56 PM
liz dolan:
OMG, Gail, I almost missed this savory poem. Love it. liz
Posted 02/02/2014 02:30 PM
Yes, I want the bigger half.
Posted 02/02/2014 11:53 AM
Right on Gail. This reaches into areas we rarely consider and nails them!
Posted 02/02/2014 11:24 AM
wendy morton:
Eat this poem!!
Posted 02/02/2014 10:38 AM
Posted 02/02/2014 10:29 AM
This poem speaks to unexpected changes in our notions of our love lives, a generational shift away from the knight in shining armor, and does it with such a deft touch that there's nothing that hits us over the head about underlying social structures, but it's all there. And yes, Mimi, yum! Bravo!
Posted 02/02/2014 10:11 AM
Ross Kightly:
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Gail! I really identify with the whole business of 'dietary requirements'! And I love that gesture at the end of offering the bigger half! What a great pleasure to read this totally affirmatory poem! Thank you.
Posted 02/02/2014 09:50 AM
I love this poem! It speaks volumes about mature love.
Posted 02/02/2014 08:25 AM
Beautiful poem
Posted 02/02/2014 08:02 AM
Posted 02/02/2014 07:38 AM
I LOVE this poem!! Such rich imagery...
Posted 02/02/2014 06:32 AM

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