Rolled Up Sleeves by Marjorie Bruhmeller

POEM NAME: Rolled Up Sleeves AUTHOR NAME: Marjorie Bruhmeller POEM: Because your lips are warm and you are wearing smudged clothes after digging up the potatoes and picking beans and because I cut your hair on the porch in the sun, and shaved your beard, touched your head, your ears and neck, because it is thundering and a storm is brewing, because it’s almost our anniversary and 26 years is a long time— or maybe it’s because you smell like earth and wind, and the way you smile at me from your leafy paradise, that I love you, again and again and more. END OF POEM. CREDITS: Copyright © Marjorie Bruhmeller Previously published in The Bell You Hardly Hear (Ekstasis Editions, 2017) Marjorie Bruhmuller owned and operated a natural soap company, Belle Epoque, for 13 years. She has published two books of poetry, The Bell You Hardly Hear, (Ekstasis Editions, 2017) and Back Porch Haiku (Editions les petits nuages, 2019 ) which won an honourable mention in Haiku Canada’s Marianne Bluger Awards, 2020. Her poems have been published in many Canadian and American literary journals. She leads writing workshops and is Poetry Editor of Shoreline Press. She uses her photographs to make tiny handmade haiku books. She lives in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.