When I wrote “Love Sickness,” I hadn’t even begun to contemplate a series like Elemental. Though it’s more than 2 years old, it didn’t take much to make it work for the series; a change of POV and a few edits and it seems to fit in nicely with what I have going on so far.
Only now it’s making me question my two section format and switching from prose poetry to traditional in the section. With the format I’ve chosen, I won’t be able to accurately demonstrate the non-linear nature of healing trauma. Such an undertaking has many stops and starts.
I have much to contemplate and a lot of work yet to do on the series. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the freestanding poems. As always, I welcome feedback and comments!
The sicker you became, the longer your hair grew—mythology in reverse. You grew plump, but pale, beached in weak rays on our denied marriage bed. This is how you looked as doe-eyed baby dreams sunk into sallow skinned soliloquies and endless self-pity; yours and mine. This is how you looked when love crept over the line. This is how I remember you now, when I think of the lover I hate, which is to say I love you still in my own tragic way.
by Michelle Beltano Curtis
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