Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 11 • Fall 2004 • Featured Writer • Poetry

Sunday Morning

David Bergman

There is no end to it, the pleasure
of touching your body grown
even more familiar than my own,
which is alarmed almost daily
with alien pains in places I
never before attended.

But yours too is always changing, and
now that I'm an old hand at
exploring your thighs and chest, the crook
of your arm, I am aware
of their altering contours, can trace
down the runnel of your spine,

the smallest shift in the streambed
of cool mossed stones, caressing
the firm, the rough, the spongy and hard--
places I have not created,
but like to believe I've left transformed
by years of running along them.

David Bergman

David Bergman is a professor of English at Towson State University, the author of Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Representation in American Literature, and the editor of Camp Grounds: Style and Homosexuality. Bergman has published poetry in The Paris Review, The New Criterion, and The New Republic. He has edited a collection of Edmund White's essays entitled The Burning Library. His latest book is The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture (Columbia University Press, 2004). He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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