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She gives him kisses of aniseed
like liquorice roses held out,
or thunder cascading in the distance
heralding rain, signifying
the needling downpour to come.
Hungrily, he takes them.

He turns them
in his mouth like aniseed
humbugs, sticking to the inside of his cheeks. “Come
closer,” she thinks out
loud, and so he gives her white wine thoughts signifying
nothing like so many drunken nights spent staring into the distance.

But there is no distance
between them,
which has to be signifying
something, surely, apart from aniseed
breath, pushed out
onto the man who tries to come

closer in degrees of infinity. “Come
here,” he murmurs, afraid that the distance
between them is too much and he will wear out
his welcome in her arms, but she can’t imagine anything but them
and, to show this, she proffers aniseed
lips, hopefully signifying

her undying love, signifying
something more than their inability to come
closer together ever would. And so aniseed
is the scent that steals the distance
from between them,
that untangles them from gradual infinities, gets them out

from under the gaze of impossibilities, out
from symbols signifying
meaninglessness. There is only them.
“Come—”
He presses his finger against her lips, staring into the distance
of her eyes and tasting the remnants of aniseed.

Out of wherever they come,
signifying distance,
for them there will always be love in the taste of aniseed.
This is my attempt at a sestina, which is a complex form to describe, but which involves the reusing of the same six words as the endings of lines. I hope you enjoy reading it! It was a lot of fun to write :)
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Postmorteum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Excellent attempt at a sestina! Complex forms are challenging and you did well. This is a poem I had to read "fast" like beating hearts climbing walls, encountering difficulties, a thriller of two lovers and their unique, estranged selves. Very intriguing!
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it :D

And thank you for the fave as well :hug:
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Postmorteum Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You're very welcome. :heart:

My pleasure. :glomp:
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MWBlueWolf Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
Oh my stars, I love your imagery and vocabulary! That's one of my favorite things about reading your work, it's always so well-thought out and intelligent. I wish I could write a critique, but I could only really offer good feedback on prose. I'm not well-learned enough in the art of poetry. Keep on writing! :D
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! Your praise means a lot to me :hug:
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter:  Such a fascinating poem, I love it!  :airborne:
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks! And thanks for the fave :hug:
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter:  It is always a pleasure to read your work Blake!  :airborne:
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