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The Kiss

Gustav Klimt


in the public domain.

Yes, It's Difficult

 from a line by Inês Fonseca Santos

by Millicent Borges Accardi

We were once invincible and carefree,

able to walk the streets, ride busses and talk to each

other as close as if to kiss and kiss we did, with tongues

and teeth and then as a hello we kissed each other’s 

cheeks on opposite sides, saying, “Yes I am with you”

and “We are the same.” But it was all so easy 

then, and it was how we did things then, 

dirty and up close and we breathed on each other,

sighing air, sipping fine water droplets 

into each other’s lungs. As kids we ran over

to the Yannis family to catch chicken pox,

and leaned out the window to hug mom

when she got the mumps at 40. It was simple and sweet

and maybe how life was meant to be when we held up our

wrists, someone came to pick us up and whisper hush.

Poet's Bio

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of two poetry books, most recently Only More So (Salmon Poetry). Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Fulbright, CantoMundo, Creative Capacity, the California Arts Council, The Corporation of Yaddo, Fundação Luso-Americana, and Barbara Deming Foundation.

She’s led poetry workshops at Keystone College, Nimrod Writers Conference, The Muse in Norfolk, Virginia, and University of Texas, Austin. Her non-fiction can be found in The Writers Chronicle, Poets Quarterly, and the Portuguese American Journal. Recent readings at Brown University, Rutgers, UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island College and the Carr Reading Series at the University of Illinois. She lives in Topanga (canyon) CA.

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