September Love by Gabriela Marie Milton #poem #poetic prose #short prose

2022, Somewhere in Southern Europe, photo Gabriela Marie Milton

September Love – poetic

September again, my steps heavier, my hips moving with the same uncertainty they did during the time when the child was conceived.  Barefoot I trampled grapes in a red vat, my dress rolled above the knees, my hair in a bun. The crisp smell of broken Gamay Noir penetrates my nostrils. The first release of the fall juices.  Echoes muffled by the cracking of corn roasting on the fire.

I hurt. I miss you desperately. Perhaps you’ve never returned from that September when we first met. Sighing leaves, sobbing skies, cold hands looking to ignite fires. A tango coming from nowhere coiling like a snake around our bodies.  Sweet forehead kisses. On my neck, somnolent bruises covered by makeup.

I cannot stand anymore Victorian self-righteousness, fake politeness – “I apologize for interrupting, I came to slit your throat” – people who speak about gratitude without practicing it, questionable advisers who have proliferated like false parasol mushrooms after the rain. They make me sick. The tragicomedy of this world.  Poetica, Aristotle. Remember?

Here we go again: young, books under our arms, love burning our eyes until we could see beyond the limits of September, philosophy burning our souls, trademarks of Friday afternoons on our skin.  Roman columns reaching the sky at the exact hour when we interlinked our consciousnesses. Pears ripening in trees, branches burying themselves in the earth. Spread at the base of the columns our heated bodies ready to fly. We were not supposed to ever come back.

Why did we, my love?

I steal words from September’s iconostasis. I sew them in a field of dahlias.  I wash my hands and my feet. You take the corn from the fire. The child plays. Blue and white awnings murmur in the wind. The child. The sunrise of the first I love you.

Gabriela Marie Milton
Pushcart Prize Nominee
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (ed.), Experiments in Fiction, 2022.
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose, Vita Brevis Press, 2021.
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Vita Brevis Press, 2020.

112 thoughts on “September Love by Gabriela Marie Milton #poem #poetic prose #short prose

    1. Patrick, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am deeply grateful for your words. Have a great week ahead.

  1. Description of modern paradise:”Here we go again: young, books under our arms, love burning our eyes until we could see beyond the limits of September, philosophy burning our souls, trademarks of Friday afternoons on our skin.” Love these words!

    1. Good morning sweet Virginia. I am glad you enjoyed that paragraph. I thought you might 🙂
      Sending lots of love your way. Have a beautiful week.

    1. Thank you so much Cheryl, my dear. I am so glad you enjoyed the piece. I hope everything is well with you. Sending love ❤️

      1. Mich, Passions came out two years ago. I hope I can get out a new one next year. Thank you for your support hon. It means the world to me ❤️❤️🌹

      2. Sorry for the misunderstanding hon. I see you got it. Thank you so much. And thank you for the story on IG. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. You always make me lie down when I read you… on a bed of flowers I see every the sensual romantic, the outraged avenger against hypocrisy.. the lover who loves more than her dreams..the nostalgic, the brilliant one who captures all things beautiful, and messy and human. Loved this September thought, …beautiful Gabriela❤️

    1. My dear Karima, thank you so much for your wonderful words. I am deeply grateful to you for your comment and your kind friendship here. I really am. I did not visit with you in a while. I will do it soon. I hope you are well hon. Sending love.

      1. so nice to hear from you, I am doing well again *after a bout of Covid) Oh and always so enthralled to read your very special way with words. Big Big hugs and only the best for you Always dear Gabriela🌹❤️

      2. Karima, I am sorry to hear you had Covid hon. I am glad you feel better. Sending you lots of love and light hon. Huge hugs.

      3. Again, I am so glad you are over and really sorry I did not know about. Love.

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Ingrid. I am so happy you liked the piece. Enjoy your day hon.

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Diana. Deeply grateful for your wonderful comment. I hope you are well hon. Happy Writing!

  3. A piece that overwhelms with its beauty, sublimely exquisite every time you put pen to paper. You have an ineffable gift, Gabriela and we are so fortunate that you share it with us. Grandi abbracci, cara mia. 🌹

  4. How wonderfully you’ve unpacked, and disrupted notions of love, and of what it means to be loved, and to give love. Your words always translate into the most pragmatic and amazing visceral experiences for the reader, and this poem does this too. Gorgeous write, Gabriela. 🌹🌺🌸

    1. Thank you so much David. There is no original source and that’s not right. Again thank you for letting me know.

      1. David, I am sorry to bother you but when you get a chance can you please tell me how did you find that website? There is no contact form and no other posting but my September Love post. Thank you.!

    1. Stephen, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly humbled by your words and your support. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

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