Pick-a-Poem: “Love Poem”


Welcome, blog readers, and Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well so far. Now that we’ve made it to the middle, here is a dose of poetry for your day. As always, I found this poem at Poetry Daily. This week’s featured poem is entitled Love Poem and it’s written by Jennifer Maier.

According to her page at Poetry Daily, Jennifer Maier “is professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and associate editor of the arts quarterly IMAGE. Her other poetry collection Dark Alphabet won the Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry First Book Award and was named one of the Ten Remarkable Books of 2006 by the Academy of American Poets. Maier’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Poetry, New Letters, Smartish Pace, American Poetry Review, and has been featured on Public Radio International’s The Writer’s Almanac.

Love Poem, by Jennifer Maier

My brain is in love with your brain,
and my body is just nuts about your body.
My brain thinks your body is the ne plus ultra
of sinewy perfection. My body goes in awe
of your brain, a dim sibling, loping behind.
And my heart? My heart is a bloodhound
with two masters. It tracks you through
the deep woods, first this way, then that.
The body whistles; the mind blows its silver horn.

Soon we will find you, treed and waiting.
The mind will stand poised with its camera;
the body, raise its barreled scope. The heart
will run around and around in circles as they argue
about the future, and birds scatter like buckshot,
piercing the dawn with their little cries.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s featured poem. For more of these, check out our blog archives.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


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