Soul to Soul

Soul to Soul

A Poem by Haley Smith

You asked about my babies,
and I laughed and said
I've got none.
Your lady was beautiful
and you said that
looks are nice, but
a woman's mind
is hard to find 
Soul to soul.
I hope you liked the fries.

Tall man from Chicago,
in neon clothes and old glasses.
You asked if I were a model,
you'd seen me somewhere before.
Worn hands with line that told me
stories held mine--
"I'll see you again. I'd know those
eyes anywhere."
You came by another night and I
saw the hurt and confusion that I could never heal.
Soul to soul.
I hope you liked the gyro.

A modern day jester
unaware and abrasive,
drinking up my thighs and my skin,
talking jive.
You told me how much you
love Black culture and,
"I'm not a creep or nothin',
just look at you -- you're gorgeous."
and,
"Just because my family's
dysfunctional doesn't mean I have to be!"
but your whiskey eyes and
embarrassed friend said otherwise.
It hurt my heart -- surface you and
inner you.
Soul to soul.
I know you liked the hummus.

Man from afar who sent my
skin somewhere else.
I made you tea and
relished the way your voice felt on my ears.
Swiss, educated, magnetic,
with that look that made me
feel like a queen.
Conversation flowing beneath a 
polite tension.
A night forever in my mind,
a lust that transcends physicality,
the smile that couldn't vanish,
the "Does he think about me?" flower forever in bloom,
You.
Soul to soul.

© 2012 Haley Smith


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this was so raw and so vulnerable. Gentle yet painful. I felt as if I witnessed the collision of souls while reading. I really enjoyed this. Great job.

Posted 6 Years Ago


The last stanza was great, it really made the poem open up and be taken seriously.
I like the way the poem moved through conversation, it has some interesting points and some dangerously erotic parts, not giving enough to take advantage of, but just enough to come back for more. Nice poem...

Posted 8 Years Ago


I loooooooved this. It was really thoughtful, the rhyme added a nice rhythm, and the refrain of soul to soul was really deep.
This is amazing. Thanks for writing it.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Haley Smith
Haley Smith

Fayetteville, AR



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