Don’t tell me I’m intoxicating - a villanelle
Under stars spread as wide as the sea,
you said Earth was a drop of spring dew.
Were you drunk when you said that to me? 
You declared we were finally free as you danced with your limbs all askew under stars spread as wide as the sea,
sometimes humming a hymn out of key, arms upraised, praising infinite blue. Were you drunk when you said that to me?
Then you told me, you’re cosmic, I see that your heart beats its steady tattoo under stars spread as wide as the sea.
But you slurred your way through your decree, and I don’t even know what to do. Were you drunk when you said that to me?
I could smell the Grey Goose and deceit when you first said you loved me so true under stars spread as wide as the sea. Were you drunk when you said that to me?
Kristy Carpenter
Published in Issue 38