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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Special Australian Edition August 2023
Another first kiss, poems by Paris Rosemont.
Another first kiss*
WHEN COMES the time for me to slip this coil
of flesh—claimed by Death’s everlasting kiss
I’ll gladly step away from love’s turmoil.
It matters not if I am grieved or missed,
for in this life you could not love me well—
to mourn me in my death would be too late.
Death beckons me: its song a lonely bell
and I—a dark swan searching for her mate.
DON’T CRY for me when all you caused was pain
each time you trifled with my eggshell heart.
I shall not wish to meet with you again
unless the sands of time skipped back to start.
KISS ME, my love—let’s kiss away the past;
NOW LOVE me right—till Death cleaves us apart.
* After song lyrics by ‘They Might be Giants’
This poem employs an English form: the Sonnet
© Paris Rosemont
Paris Rosemont is a widely published, internationally award-winning Asian-Australian poet. Publications include: Verge Literary Journal, FemAsia Magazine and Red Room Poetry’s ‘Admissions’. She is delighted that her poetry finds eclectic homes, from thought-provoking literary journals to underground Glaswegian zines! Winner: New England Thunderbolt Poetry Prize 2022. Shortlisted: Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize 2022; Born Writers’ Award 2023. Longlisted: Liquid Amber Poetry Prize 2023; Joyce Parkes Award 2022. Awarded: Atelier Artist-in-Residence Ireland 2024; Kathmandu International Artist in Residence 2024; Varuna Shanghai Lamplight Residency 2023; WestWords/Copyright Agency Fellowship 2023; Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residency 2022.
Paris’s niche is performance poetry. She has performed her original poetry in cabaret shows including Mad Bitches Inc. at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2022, Poetry Jukebox Live (commissioned by Randwick City Council) and the groundbreaking world premiere of Slam Messiah at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta in 2022, where she was commissioned to write and perform original poetic works in response to movements of Handel’s Messiah, alongside a 60-voice choir and chamber orchestra. Paris’s debut poetry collection, Banana Girl, will be published in late 2023. To find out more about Paris, please visit https://www.parisrosemont.com/