once upon a time, originally uploaded by Marita Cosma.

She loved to look at flowers
smell fruit
And the leaves had the look of loving

But halfass drunken sailors
staggered thru her sleep
scattering semen
over the virgin landscape

At a certain age
her heart put about
searching the lost shores

And heard the green birds singing
from the other side of silence

from A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti