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Mary Elizabeth Lauzon

About this Christian Poet:
Mary Elizabeth Lauzon is author of The Kisses of His Mouth (New Leaf Works 1998) and the poetry CD, Birthday of Life (Blue House Studios 1999). She is editor of the poetry anthology, Open Wide the Doors 2000, published by the Calgary Catholic School District.

Mary is a widely experienced teaching poet and poetry therapist. She has worked many years as a poet for the Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary, the National ArtsSmarts Foundation and the Calgary Arts Partners in Education Society. She is on the Artist Roster of the Glenbow Museum and the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts.

He Knew Her

I wear the bathing suit you like,
its turquoise fading now
from repeated chlorine dippings,
seams stretched more than last year,
far more than when I first fit into it
for now I know myself.

Jesus, you know all this.
I am the woman you love.

And you have loved me
in someone else's arms,
admired me
through another man's eyes,
kissed, held, cherished
with luminous flesh
not your own.

I have not thought of you
as flesh, until recently,
when you entered my morning swim
as eyes counting my laps,
the sacred watcher;
when you descended
into my touch, touching me,
my turquoise suit,
wet hair, hungry lips,
embrace more total
than water.

Jesus, it is amazing.
I too know all this.

Copyright©1994 by Mary Elizabeth Lauzon