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Fabrice Poussin 

Kissing the Underworld

 

It is far too late in this impenetrable darkness 

sometime during a midday night unexpected

I touched the underworld unaware.

 

Another step into a cold tunnel without walls

oozing with a thick mist made of another day’s sufferings

I held onto the uncertain side of another world.

 

Hugging a frigid statue clear as deadly glass

yet unable to hold my grasp onto a precious hour

I fell to my knees alone in the face of the giant.

 

Revealed to the realm as on the instant of beginnings

in a last resilient effort I looked to a bright star

blinded by the glance of an eternal wisdom.

 

Pleading as only I could in my infinite meekness

seeking comfort between unsurmountable jagged peaks

I placed a humble kiss upon the underworld.

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.