Week 8 – Galvanized

Galvanize v. (adapted from Oxford dictionary of English)
– to shock or excite someone into taking action
– to coat iron or steel in a protective layer of zinc
From French galvaniser, meaning ‘stimulate by electricity’.


The touch
of your breath
is a thrill of current along my neck

The trail
of your fingertips
lights sparks just beneath my skin

The tenderness
of your voice
causes blackouts in my thoughts

But what really
galvanized me
was your unreliable,

Your distant-then-not,

My pulse has slowed;
hampered by layers
of dull, silver zinc

VP 20th Feb 2017, Graz

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