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Only Yes
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Judith Heron


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If I send this poem to you,
you having only moments ago
left my door, will you know

it as an invitation? Will you
think as I do, feel your way
into the possibility of this much

love? I say love, do you hear me?
As though you have always
been worthy, and I , your friend,

calling out the oldest question.
Can you imagine saying yes
at last? I stand before†

you. Yes on my lips,
inside of me only yes,
my arms full of yes

like ripe tomatoes.

This poem appears in†The Wild Weathers: a gathering of love poems (Leaf Press, 2012).
Used with the authorís permission.

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Judith Heron lives in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Though full of prairie blood, she has always lived on the west coast. Since semi-retiring from a family counseling practice, other poets have inspired her to take her writing more seriously. Judithís work has been published in a number of retreat chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane, and in two anthologies: The Murder of Crones (Ptarmigan Press, 2007) and The Wild Weathers: a gathering of love poems (Leaf Press, 2012). She is currently working on her first book-length manuscript.

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iwoods:
BEAUTIFUL!
Posted 02/06/2012 05:58 PM
69Dorcas:
Suggestive and longing. Unrequited love? Belated informing of love not spoken at the presence of one's lover. This is what I am reading, I think.
Posted 02/05/2012 10:57 AM
LindaCrosfield:
What lovely words to read as the sun sets on a frothy ocean here in Mexico. Nice one, Judith!
Posted 02/02/2012 06:02 PM
Blue Collar Poet Fan:
Judith .... your poem speaks at a deep emotional level to every soul that inhabits this earth. Your description even speaks to a guy like me!
Posted 02/02/2012 04:01 PM
Cynthia Woodman Kerkham:
Hurrah, Judith! Such a wonderful flow to this poem and that blast of red at the end--brilliant!
Posted 02/02/2012 02:22 PM
anngrahamwalker:
I love what Judith says in this poem - the " yes" of it - but also love how she crafted it. The beautul use of short line and she's really mastered the line breaks. Great job, Judith! More, please.
Posted 02/02/2012 02:19 PM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
Love the subject and images, just ordered the book; thanks, Judith.
Posted 02/02/2012 02:07 PM
Sharon Urdahl:
Yes! I Love this poem and how you serve up words. More please...
Posted 02/02/2012 01:59 PM
wendy morton:
Yes is like an arm full of ripe tomatoes, I've always thought. Hooray for you, Judith.
Posted 02/02/2012 12:18 PM
L K Thompson:
Oh, yes! I love how this woman opened herself to what she thought and saw and what she imagines can be! Brave poem.
Posted 02/02/2012 12:06 PM
pwax:
Good poem! Makes me think of Molly Bloom.
Posted 02/02/2012 11:08 AM
Reganz:
Just lovely, Judith.
Posted 02/02/2012 10:24 AM
trailpny:
'like ripe tomatoes' -- wonderful ending to a lovely poem.
Posted 02/02/2012 10:22 AM
Grace Cockburn:
Oh Judith! Wonderful poem! Grace
Posted 02/02/2012 10:20 AM
selkiegal:
"I say love, do you hear me" and yes Judith, I love this poem Liz
Posted 02/02/2012 08:50 AM
jeanie:
very, very nice. my arms full of yes!
Posted 02/02/2012 07:30 AM
dmahoney:
Yes! Yes! Great image of ripe tomatoes, Judith!
Posted 02/02/2012 05:35 AM


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