July 5, 2011

The Man with the Yellow Ruler by Kyle Hemmings

"A desire for forms and limits overwhelms us" 
---Garcia Lorca, Ode to Salvador Dali

The man with the Yellow Ruler
measures my form from a sheet
of cold pressed paper,
cuts me out 
shapes me with Cubist longing,
pastes me into his landscape painting
of a winding back road
stretching beyond
serrated mountains,
a river reflecting goose-feather wings like scars.
There, against the shapes of his painting,
I feel a tingle up my thighs,
a pulse bounding in my chest,
so watercolor brilliant.
I turn
and run into the background
wherever the winding road
to his watercolor blueprint
will take me.
Stop, he screams,

Kyle Hemmings is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press). He has been pubbed at Gold Wake Press, Thunderclap Press, Blue Fifth Review, Step Away, and The Other Room. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/

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