You Listen to Me
by Susan Colton


You listen to me
drink me up with your eyes as if
the world sunk into blue

I listen to you
hear your words as water.

We’ve been here before
thirsty, laughing


The sandpapers pull the waves to shore.
Salt crusted lashes, salted cheeks
I lie still in the warm sand. 

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Susan Colton, a California native, has made the Pacific Northwest her home for twenty years. Her poetry springs from the desire to recognize the light and shadow of the ordinary as sacred. Her writing has been influenced by Pablo Neruda, Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, Theodore Roethke, Lao Tzu and Dorothy Parker. Susan's other life passions include: preservation of the Earth, singing and watercolor painting.