January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016

He looked at her the Way all women wanted to be
look at by a man… 


With an unspoken desire
like a cigarette lighter ready
to spark.  He wanted to be
craving, relight the fire she
reached out for first in the dark.
He wanted to be the cause
of her blinking, the one making
her stir like ice cube in the drink
needing to be suck. He wanted
to melt in her mouth, the sweetest
sensation, as her tongue would
dangle, needing more than his
touch. He wanted to be the one
that sparked her to play with her
hair. Running fingers
with nervousness needing
his hands on her skin to
more than share a desire,
unspoken her wanting
to be like Bogart who flicked
the match without asking,
embark on exploits with one
look to inspire further reaches
keeping her wanting while
breathing invisible traces
on her Bacall like skin—
fierce eyes who tattoo deep
impressions without ever
leaving a mark.


Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an L.A. poet whose work appears in the new True Romance Poems collection, 1000 Tankas for Michael Brown, The Lake Poetry, Edgar Allen Poet Journal # 2, Fukushima Poetry Anthology, The New Verse News, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Spilt Ink Poetry, Erotic T Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine’s Latino Poetry Project, Love Poetry Lovers, Silver Birch Press, Transcendence Magazine, Ealain Literary & Art Magazine, ZO Magazine, Thick With Conviction, Oddball Magazine, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, Men’s Heartbreak Anthology,Purrfect Poetry Anthology and in the soon to be released Poetry in Motion’s collection Poems to Fuck to. He is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.