Echoing – Kirsty A. Niven

each gasp is magnified

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland. Her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Strength, The Alien Buddha’s Feminist Agenda and Landfall. She has also featured in several journals and magazines, including The Poet’s Republic, Cicada Magazine, Monstrous Regiment and Silk + Smoke. Kirsty’s work can also be found online on sites such as La Scrittrice, Anti-Heroin Chic and Poetry Breakfast.


In the echoing of this house,

each gasp is magnified –

an extorted thrill you relish.

A Rabelais twinkle in your eye,

a mischief you cannot keep in.

Each incorrigible kiss in this chaos

vibrates through every bone;

sliding skin buzzing like bees,

an Eros earthquake in my knees.

The bed barely holds me up,

melting under your liquid touch –

I am honey in your hands, nectar

dripping through your intrepid fingers.

Your teeth graze my shoulder,

a blissful sting, exultation with wings.

In the echoing of this house,

mirroring smiles say what we can’t

in a silence we won’t shatter.

Kirsty A Niven

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