⏩ Frankie Quinn is a former republican prisoner who is now a community activist. He is the author of Open Gates, a book of poetry.
Love me like the earth loves its plants
Nurture shrubs to sturdy tree
Bury in deep your soul-laden seeds of fertile gentleness
Love me like powerful sea waves on distant beach
Kiss secrets on to lips of flowering red-rose-pink
Revealing pleasure’s awaiting ache.
Love me like the mountain’s wild-heathered brays
Here you brush your fingers over rosebuds
Soft, moss-covered stones
Love me like silver salmon thrusting forward against all odds
To pebbled floors where life begins
Beneath wooden hills.
Love me tenderly as the morning loves the dew
On grass asleep or in twilight’s peace
Securing another day for things to grow. Love me as I do you.