Listen: when I was a child, I explored the jungle of ferns near my house on the island where the hibiscus close like shutters at night. I found sometimes living things and scooping them up, felt them beating in my hands. I blew between my fingers and thought they would remember the signature of my soul when they were free. That is how I love you.
Charles Bane, Jr, is a widely published poet; his work has appeared in The Criterion: An International Journal In English, Clutching at Straws, museumviews.com, among others. His July release, The Chapbook: Poems by Charles Bane , Jr. has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.