Soft skin, like silk, draws hands caress
in darkness as we warp and weft
our fragile frames in gyrating games,
crisscrossing lust with lies and trusting thighs,


We are bruised blankets baying
on beds of yesterday’s toils;
cotton soils and sweaty spoils.

Silk, like soft skin, slips from touch
too swiftly, too much sewn between seams
emblazoned with who we have become
and who we had before; I held his hand
in a taxi while thinking of another,

long departed.

We kiss alone but there is an orchestrated
orgy of others in every embrace, like a hunger
that cannot be abated, like a stain that cannot
be shifted from sheets we once saturated.

In the darkness, beneath the hands caress,
on silk, soft like skin, so supple, we slip
into gullible folds of flesh, not quite fresh,
trying to spell new names on withered frames
from those left over letters of old flames.

All Words and Photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

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6 thoughts on “LEFT OVERS

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you my dear. Sorry about delayed reply, was jet lagged in Shanghai last week. Crawling back to normal now! Hope you are feeling more settled into your new life xx

      1. Jane Dougherty

        Just looking at your pics of China made me feel jet-lagged 🙂 It’s the kind of place that gives me nightmares. Hope you’re over it now. We’re still here, sitting tight, waiting for the heating to be installed in the new house, and the roofer to mend the chimney stack and dismantle the twenty foot tall mast on the roof that purports to be a TV aerial.

  1. Stefanie Neumann

    Dear Dami,
    I see an apt description of the bitter taste that results from encounters with another while one is not quite present in the now. Although I cannot say that I ever liked that feeling I do enjoy how you painted this picture with your poetry!
    Much love,

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thanks Steffi, it’s not the place you want to be but the times you were there still etch themselves into the skin all the same.

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