Garcia-Marquez would embrace you with his pen
not woman at all but the illusion of one
walking motley avenues in fairy-tale
kingdoms of obsession & the heart
you are not real—that is I never say
you are not real but I make you as I go
out of granite splashed with drops of lavender oil
a form revealed from rather than carved in stone
how does one starve so long in a kitchen
stocked with soups plus bread & candied yams?
yet all those working hours have cashed their checks
gone home to sleep forever next to their forgetful wives
why did you wait like a moon beyond its tides
while Odysseus slept in the arms of many seas?
Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.