Betel Leaves by Mark Andrew Heathcote

With eastern emerald splashes

And radiant half batting lashes

She whispered, her innermost, needs

Like vines bent her ankles and knees.


And much like them tasty betel leaves

She folded in and around me, tucked me

Into her opium-mouth, tucked me

Inside a secret sacred part of, herself.


“Our eternity has no windows – she said:

Whatever direction you take yourself,

Be sure your heart has partaken and dined

And, your soul is well fed”.


Then placing an emerald leaf around my head

She embalmed me with a silken thread:

“Our eternity has no windows – she said:

But we too are butterflies jointly cocooned in a web”


© Mark Andrew Heathcote

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 Cupid's Arrow

This exquisite Anthology, a collection of sublime poems and prose, tells of the essence of love, as music to the ears and the stirring to our hearts.  From “Love at First Sight,” to “Love Never Dies,” every facet of love is gloriously depicted in the many lovely chapters given to us from these gifted poets.

Come, fall in love, remember the taste of it, the feel of it within.  Come cry a few tears, then rejoice its victories.

Love.” conquers all.

Brenda-Lee Ranta, author of A Soul Passenger

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