National Poetry Month 2021, Poetry


  • form invented by Udit Bhatia
  • poet takes each line from the first stanza of a poem and makes those the final lines of each stanza after that
  • there are no additional rules for rhyming, meter, etc.


We sit across from one another, coffee steaming between us,
forgettable words forging deep connections.
These simple, daily interactions make a marriage —
memories, like pearls, shimmering inside the shell of our communion.

Your fingers, skin aging around them, occasionally hold mine,
silent longings, comfort, understanding shared.
There is no need to speak, even though we do, to fill the air as
we sit across from one another, coffee steaming between us.

Our eyes meet, and time both expands and contracts
as our pupils adjust to the inspection.
I see something new every time I look at you, your mouth still moving,
forgettable words forging deep connections.

It’s nothing special, a usual Saturday morning,
nowhere to go or be, sharing what we read,
passing our phones back and forth, laughing,
memories, like pearls, shimmering inside the shell of our communion.

I’m just gonna say…I’m pretty proud of this one.

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By Brigit Delaney

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I am a blogger, poet, photographer, and writer of erotica, living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I'm glad you came. Sit back, kick off your shoes, and stay awhile.


  1. Ohhh I might try this. I love your poem Brigit, it definitely captures that ease of long term partnership with someone


    1. Thanks, Molly. I think I accidentally emailed my comment response to you…dumb. This is what happens before coffee. Anyhow, it’s a fun form. Not too hard, so certainly worth a go.

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