Quietly… (Collaboration, with audio)

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You’ve been sitting there quietly
Care to share your thoughts?

This infatuation has me
I wore your scarf to keep me warm
I could smell you there
snaking all around me
Feeling like a teenager 
in the grip of some sweet crush

I watched you
observing me with such indecent eyes
drawing me into your spell
My scarf, which you so casually
wrapped around you
had me burning with jealousy

I’m uncomfortable
seeing you 
sitting in front of me with your silk lips
a drink in your hand
and a sultry laugh filling the air

I’m so frustrated by the distance
my fingers click, my toes make fists
Whole body bends to inch closer
The slang in your eyes
speaks to the strength of my desire
I’m so wired, in the heat of the night
I want your fabric against mine

I was quietly thinking to myself
the only remedy 
to all of this would be
kissing your mouth, kissing your throat
and a week in bed with you…

I was quietly thinking to myself
you should race me home
so our bodies
can lock magnetically together 

for a week 
or three…

I think it’s time 
we called a cab 
and left…

[2021]

Thanks for reading.

This was a really fun collaboration with Bree from Secret Thoughts Within. I’d been really intrigued by the idea of working on a poem in tandem with someone else and how on earth you’d go about it. Bree very kindly offered to show me the way and this is what we came up with (alongside a lot of other ideas). It’s a fun process and I’d recommend it if you’ve not tried it before. Check out Bree’s fantastic writing and audio at https://secretthoughtswithin.com/

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Tom Alexander

"Art is a lie that tells the truth"

11 thoughts on “Quietly… (Collaboration, with audio)”

    1. Thanks for reading and listening Khwahish! 🙂 You may get your wish, as I suspect there will be more audio collaborations at some point. x

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  1. That line by you, ‘The slang in your eyes
    speaks to the strength of my desire’ attractive weaving.
    And yes of course, the voice makes it riveting.
    Amazing collaboration. Hope to read and listen to more. 🙂

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    1. Ah thank you Kritika, very kind. I’m so pleased you enjoyed. Thanks for the follow too! Great to have you here. I’ve not written much of late but there are lots of older poems on my site and audio readings on my soundcloud page if you ever want more! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your work too. Tom

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      1. My pleasure 🙂
        Surely would love to hear the audio recordings. Will go through the soundcloud page positively.
        Thank you 🙂 🙂 Have an awesome day!

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