I heard it, once

5 November 2019

I heard it, once. Heard it in the way
the dark arcs across the horizon and
the way the wind blows through the
pine needles on the shoreline at dusk.

I saw it, once. Mapped in the spaces between
the stars. I wrote your name in the snow
on the hillside. I saw your constellation in
the lines on the palm of my hand.

I tasted it, once. Tasted the gold
and the sunlight and the moonlight
and the starlight mulled like wine
and dripped down my throat like honey.

I smelled it, once. Smelled the sap
and the resin and the amber. Lemon
and hickory. Sage and cedar. Chestnut
and sea salt and mahogany.

I felt it, once. Twice. Once
was never going to be enough.

6 responses to “I heard it, once”

  1. NZain avatar

    Simply sublime. Your words give me beautiful images to ponder, Nathan.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Nina! That means so much to me!

      1. NZain avatar
  2. tara caribou avatar

    oh goodness Nathan. Once never is enough, is it? Gorgeous!

  3. kristianw84 avatar

    Oh my gosh, Nathan!!!! I love this one, oh my gosh, I love this one!!! <3 Would you mind if I featured it as one of my favorite poems in my birthday celebration post?

  4. Shantanu Baruah avatar

    Beautifully expressed

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