You used to identify the beating of my heart according to the phases of the moon.
The tonalities of my voice were symbolized by the heaviness of wheat in any given year.
We laid in the grass, shadows of poppies playing on our faces with the same rhythmicity of the waves on tranquil days.
At times we could feel the pulse of the new grains.
The line of my décolleté – as you used to say – nothing else but the demarcation between inexorable sins and the blushing tones of the sunsets.
The wind tasted like mulberries.
The Southern Pampas of Buenos Aires.
At the time it was one thing that I could not figure out.
What was the relationship between our love and numbers?
Were we one, were we two, were we three, or perhaps more?
How many were buried beneath our passion or by our passion?
Should we have counted us in?
Gabriela M. is the author of three novels. Her poetry book, Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, was published by Vita Brevis Press (April, 2020) under the pen name Gabriela Marie Milton. Gabriela was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press. Her poems were published by Spillwords Press, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, Free Verse Revolution, and other venues. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “The Breath of Love and Death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the following anthologies: America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018); Florida’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing House, 2019); and Pain & Renewal (Vita Brevis Press, 2020). Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.” Gabriela blogs at https://shortprose.blog/