NoHoldsBarredPoetryWritingChallenge Day 29: Under the monkey bars

woman in white tank top and black and white striped shorts sitting on blue metal railings

Love Tanka #17

Remember when we
were young, playing on monkey
bars? You held me up
so I wouldn't slip, but I 
felt your eyes under my dress.

© 2022 Nortina Simmons

NoHoldsBarredPoetryWritingChallenge Day 20: Winter wet dream

Dear, rose, fill this blue Christmas
with violets. Love is stagnant in
this winter storm. Frigid air clings
to my bones. My teeth chatter like
an audience in a crowded auditorium
waiting for the show to begin.
Show me love. Tease me, caress me,
please me. Spread my legs and let
spring bloom before the ice sets.
Aren't you cold? Yes, numb to your
touch, but inside I'm burning up.
Come inside me—I'm burning up.

© 2022 Nortina Simmons