I want the dark matter of night to stay all day
while embers of you comb through my hair.

I want your promise to ignite the cowardice
of sugar, blue cave of tongue.

Remember the horse of fire that rode
with us where plums fell and rivers were god?

I want the succulent sword of you to split
this kiss of hawk—already on its way.


PEGGY DOBREER won Downey Symphony Orchestra’s, Poetry Matters 2016 Contest, and currently has two poems in the Leimert Park Anthology Redux, Tsehai Publishers for Harriet Tubman Press. She has one pushcart nomination from Cadence Collective, and two books with Moon Tide Press: Drop & Dazzleand In The Lake of Your Bones. Peggy is a long time educator and former dancer, who offers E=Mc2Bodied Poetry Workshops in a variety of school, community, and retreat settings. She was a Program Director for AROHO2015, A Room of Her Own Foundation, for Women Writers in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Peggy is one of ten poets to be featured in the first Aeolian Harp Folio Series by Glass Lyre Press. Her poetry has been published inCultural Weekly,The Rise Up Review, Pirene’s Fountain, For the Love of Words, Mas Tequilla Press, The Nervous Breakdown, Cracked Pavement and Plastic Trees: Our Gifts to Future Generations, Everything About You Is Beautiful, Literary Angles, The San Pedro River Review, WordWright’s Magazine, Malpais Review,and LA YogaMagazineamong others. She is upcoming in a handmade, Letterpress volume, from the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles at Occidental College, edited by Suzanne Lummis. Peggy has been interviewed for Poetiscape, The Nervous Breakdown, The Poet’s Café on KPFK, and the L.A. Poetry Examiner.She is proud to be included in Matthew Mars’ Haiku Remix Projectand has hosted readings at venues in LA for 15 years. For contact information please visit her at www.peggydobreer.com.

3 responses to “Gacela of Missed Appointment”

  1. Beautiful poem, Peggy. So glad we could make this happen. All the best to you.

  2. Khadija says:

    Beautiful is right!! Gave me chills! xo

  3. Rich Boucher says:

    Beautiful, Peggy!

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