Last week, I gave away free Valentine’s Day love and admiration poetry at the Mid-City farmer’s market.

A huge thanks to Moisés for giving me an amazing box of onionskin typewriter paper last year for my birthday…this was the first time I’ve used it. Love at first feel. The translucent, texturized, fragile essence made for a perfect poem this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s one of many poems I wrote during downtime.

Untitled: February 13th 2014 by billimarie typewriter poetry

“Untitled (February 14th 2014)”

We drift in two directions:
sun-smoked wilderness
and dried earth, feral stars
disaligned*. It would take one year
for this soul
to catch up with that body.

february 13th 2014

* I have no idea if I was going for “misaligned” or “disarrayed”…I remember both were in my mind while typing, hence the typo, because I liked the meaning behind wild and casually cluttered stars being out of alignment with not only each other, but every other surrounding element as well.


john clinock · February 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM

it’s the vocation of the poet to invent new words and this one is a delightful fusion…the poem is so very perfect for Valentine’s…

    billimarie · January 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Thanks for this comment, John! With Valentine’s Day coming up once again, let’s hope the spirit stays near. Happy new year 🙂

Rachel · June 9, 2014 at 4:15 AM

This is a really sweet and very powerful poem. Speaking from a long term relationship that often sees me and my partner on different sides of the globe I find the idea of drifting away but being reunited later oddly reassuring.

    billimarie · January 3, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Thanks for checking it out, and for sharing your story. Your comfort speaks volumes about your character, a mature and wise footing that not a lot of people can keep up with. Happy new year! 🙂

Private Drafts: Redux • Typewriter Poetry · January 3, 2020 at 8:38 PM

[…] to me now is the stack of onion skin paper I wrote on, the one Moises gifted me as a birthday present many moons ago. I started to run out of that paper by the end, and ordered a different batch online. It’s […]

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