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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

Have I ever told you that your voice is like the moon?
Do you know that heaven shines just to see you smile?
That with a look of your eyes you are able to put flowers in bloom
For you my heart opens like a sunrise
When you are near, she glides and dances in the springtime
Feed my soul your love
Remove excess dirt and grime
allow my spirit to sing like nectar
Pull back the covers and see what's underneath
Watch the sun come up and greet
the glorious day which you've hand painted
Kiss me sweetly at the end of the night
and
hold this blossom on your tongue
Keep it safe inside your mouth
until the next day has come.

Kauai Community College, Lihue, HI
Faculty Contact: Jeffrey K Mexia, Instructor of English