“Not a Romance Novel”

You say, you want nothing more than to kiss me,

and I say, please turn off your damned phone.

Don’t you realize you’re missing the stars?

They’re trying to make a conversation with us

with winks and twinkles and hazy introductions.

This isn’t a romance novel

and it’s not a rodeo either.

It’s just another night of breathing and

of panoramic speculations of the galaxy

and of summer.

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About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on June 24, 2013, in Language, personal, Poems, Poetry, Skinny dipping, writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love it, so beautiful!

  2. beautiful! i felt a real empathy with this. it’s like a beautiful illustration of the importance of connecting with the world around us, and connecting with others – without the intervention of mobile bloody phones! haha

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