A Kiss in Your Pocket: Xerophilous (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Xerophilous

Run away with me—
to the arid, dry terrain—
hop on back of my
motorcycle, I will show
you the world they keep hidden

2019© Nortina Simmons


xerophilous (adj) – thriving in a very dry environment

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Wish (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Wish

Two years ago, I
dreamt of romance, adventure,
of chasing a love
across the world—two years I
dreamt—who’d have thought it’d come true

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Together (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Together

My cherry blossom,
come seal our love with a kiss,
and I promise to
love, cherish, respect, honor
you until my dying breath

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Showers (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Showers

April showers bring
May flowers—by the window,
I wait for peonies,
peach roses, a white tulle dress,
a kiss from you down the aisle

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Pacific (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Pacific

Let’s go to the beach
tonight, only the ocean
to whisper poetry
in our ears, the stars to
dance on our skin as we dive

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Ocean (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Ocean

Your love is like the
sea, like high tide at high noon,
sweeps me off my feet,
pushes deep with the lunar
cycle, overwhelms my heart

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket (Bonus Post): Nude (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Love Tanka #10

Show me everything,
baby, and I’ll remove my clothes—
tonight we’ll learn all
there is of one another,
from our heads to our toes

2019© Nortina Simmons


Here’s another bonus post for the A to Z Challenge, this one inspired by the “M” and “N” sedoka pair. Again, this isn’t necessarily part of my A Kiss in Your Pocket theme, but the muse has definitely been talkative since I started this project, so I’m letting her take over and guide my pen…err…fingers. 🙂

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Lucky (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Lucky

You are a blaze I
never want to extinguish—
Come to my bed, warm
pillow, lay your body next
to mine. How lucky am I?

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Kindle (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Kindle

I look in your eyes,
see a fire I thought had died
within me—your love
sparked a flame doused by proud men,
but with a kiss, I ignite

2019© Nortina Simmons

A Kiss in Your Pocket: Happily (#AtoZChallenge #LovePoetry)

Happily

Morning, you’re brighter
than the sun today; let me
brush the hair from off
your face—skin gleaming like light—
Hon, have you seen your own smile?

2019© Nortina Simmons