Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Portland


Paulann Petersen

Your eyes must stay open
to the color of flowers.
Wherever their bright flash
catches your gaze, water flows.

You see rain
days after it stopped raining.
In your breath, you taste
the river running underground.

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"Thirst" by Paulann Petersen from A Bride of Narrow Escape, published by Cloudbank Books. Copyright © 2005 by Paulann Petersen. Reprinted with the permission of the publisher.


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