by the water in the summer winter seems a nightmare
I welcome in near ecstasy wind whipping through
your cool fingers brushing down as if to persuade me
sweat from my forehead from delicate images
your breath whispering of ever gentle immortals
conch songs over my ears exquisitely dreaded
the force of your greater immanent expressions
being pressed against me angel i know you in flesh
i will not release you until you bless me
Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 40 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year. Another chapbook, Harbor Mandala, is forthcoming in July of 2015. Visit http://www.notthatmichaelcollins.com/ for more.
Read our interview with Michael here.