Monday, 22 April 2019


by Terri Muuss

When my mind is a clear, precise thing,
I remember

standing at the stove flipping
buttermilk pancakes
steaming 5 pounds of clams
while melting butter—how they slid
from the mesh bag into the pot
like throated chimes.

(T)his smile—
the one without
sharpened teeth, without
I need to take
things from you           Nothing
more than    I love you
It was
            lips-teeth-gums with soft
edges and it felt—

dare I write it—
and came only when he cooked
which has always been—


my favorite love
language. And he looked at me
as if to say
            Take  t h i s
for the dark passage I will
send you on.

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Terri Muuss is a social worker, director, performer, speaker & author whose poetry has received three Pushcart and two Best of the Net nominations. Her first book, Over Exposed, was released in 2013 and in 2016 Terri co-edited an anthology of NY women poets entitled Grabbing the Apple. Terri has performed her one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, around the US and Canada since 1998. Her second book, godspine, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press.