Scars

exploring

with a new lover

invariably involves

comparing of scars

childhood mishaps

in shiny white relief

on forehead, knees and shins

color in early chapters

adulting misadventures

cicatrixed upon hands, arms

character sketch

in smudged charcoal

faded surgical lines

pink-silvery

in place of angry red

chronicle a life inhabited

with accidents or infirmities

 

we disclose our pockmarks

fingertracing the defects

as we murmur

to each other’s skins

narrating full-lived lives

connecting dots

on a sensory treasure map

yet neglect to mention

fissures in our hearts

gashes in our souls

that bleed on contact

 

 

 

 

 

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Virgin’s Parallax

as I’ve walked through this life in these womanly curves

I’ve struggled to step safely, not killin’ my verve

since sheltered pubescence my hips have been bewitching

looks naughty and nice, or that set my nerves twitching

this power in my saunter I very soon learned

embodied in me, creates fires that burned

me, carrying unwieldy burdens spelled

responsibilities for self and others melded

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

keep living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

keep living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

all the messages given about how to use these

curves that entice and disturb, don’t tease!

scramble a girl’s sense of right and wrong

looking for clues in the words of a song

if my power is so contoured, why is it reported

whorish to wield, prudish to control, distorted

if I prance in a moment of joyful exuberance

it’s my fault if you employ your misguided protuberance

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

keep living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

keep living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

decades later I may dare to enjoy

magic manifest when my sway I employ

I see how you watch, savor the show

deep down in my heart, I always will know

the risks I run when I roll these hips

read the lust on your silent lips

while I keep on with my walking

you may do more than talking

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

been living all my life, looking through a virgin’s parallax

 

Who, What, Where, When

Who

is this man

who routinely rapes

with his eyes and his words

publicly displaying those violations

proud of his assaults

who reportedly also rapes

with hands and other appendages

braggadociously brazen

of these conquests

until confronted

then lies like a cur

that teens would label pussy

bequeathing the cleanest vaginas

a rotten stench

he is the ruler of a mighty land

What

is the consequence

for actions reprehensible

broadcast and repeated

vulgarly degrading

women as meat

for him to masticate

or masturbate

drawing blood

violently squeamish

fearful of omnipresent life-force

of which he is devoid

he is acclaimed and rises to greater power

dissenting voices are squashed

cower

or rise in united protests

Where

is this place

where citizens are brutally mocked

castigated (no, not castrated-

that would be barbaric)

sorted into castes

based upon his basest instincts

as he ordained himself

judge of all female bodies

upon which he may feast

his beady lecherous eyes

vile forked tongue

or libertine whims

it is the greatest country on earth

why are those women bitching

they have it made here

it must be that time of the month

When

will it end –

the license

graphic and interminably unpoetic

heisted by men

holding positions of power

brandishing them as medieval maces

stiff and steely

as they fancy their penises

wreaking devastation

upon the weaker sex

it will end

when all women

are joined in warrior chorus

with right warrior brethren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Knocked

it wasn’t a knock at first

you were running from yourself

in your frenetic pace

you bumped against my heart

I had it padlocked and barricaded

an old woman

living alone and afraid

in a formerly genteel neighborhood

now overgrown ghetto

grassy dilapidation

punctuated by peppering gunshots

 

behind all my barricades

curious and trembling

I peeked

through heart’s peephole

your ragged breath

and soulful eyes

screamed lost puppy

 

death- gripping the deadbolt

I slid it back

cracked the thick door ajar

both slightly breathless

(you from your marathon-sprint,

me from anxious palpitations)

we spoke

through the steel grate

 

hours later

we were chatting

leaning against opposite doorjambs

your breath now even

mine slightly less held

I unlatched the grate

offered you a drink

to quench your avid thirst

 

my heart protested

creaking and groaning

louder in subsequent breaches

you heard the ancient screech

of rusty heartstrings

unstrung and stretched to poing-ing

held my gaze

steady, warm, unwavering

 

I felt the fire of your soul

in the glancing brush

of your arm against mine

when I said you could

step in, shelter

from the elements

now you are ensconced

snug inside my atrium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Throated Menagerie

there must be something in the water

that she swallowed

along with aphorisms

euphemisms

neologisms

social edicts

collective glue

that constrict and restrict

those who might

come unglued

unsightly hued

in garish reds and purples

from the bruising of this life

miniature ragtag zoo

dictates born and bred

hold your horses

disguised chastisements

cat’s got your tongue

stop beating a dead horse

reminders of low set sights

when pigs fly

don’t count your chickens

coaching in indirect

misdirection

ignoring elephants in the room

be a fly on the wall

inelegant admonitions

don’t be a bitch

you’re not the top dog

animated Animalia

congregate and morph

lodge as the

frog in her throat