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Three Poems

June 21, 2019

 

Annunciation: Leda

 

He shot

through the

window

 

touched

my fingers

my eyes

 

combed

my body

with his

 

wings.

Time

 

blistered.

The spider

purred

 

on the wall.

He said Shush

little lamb,

 

don’t

make noise.

He hid

 

in the back

of my throat.

Every time

 

he woke

and beat his

wings,

 

blood broke

in my mouth.

 

 

 

 

Helen and Theseus

 

I watched him lift it

 

quivering in his right fist.

I was a girl

 

troubling the bulrushes.

He gripped it

 

like a fighting millet fish:

stiff and slick,

 

or so I thought.

I could hear oranges

 

break from their branches.

 

I despise helplessness.

Yet men love me

 

most when I am generous

with my body, quiet

 

as bones

closed in dirt, immured

 

beneath a shallow river.

What more

 

of this story must I give you?

I was blank once.

 

 

 

Io by Water

 

I might have guided him

a little with my eyes;

my milk

 

can spilled over; my sweet.

I was dumb as the lamium

below his feet,

 

stunned.

For days after,

everything I touched

 

seemed to shrink

away from me.

Don’t ask me how

 

a breeze becomes hands

under a skirt.

I still dream

 

of hot bees

dripping from a flat, tight sky

and nesting

 

in my blood.

He took what he could,

which was everything;

 

my mind, my mind—

I still feel

a sharp blade

 

pressed there. I try

to walk myself clean,

but every onyx eye

 

of every red anemone

is his pupil-

stone: bottomless, bended

 

over me.

 

 

 

 

 

Holli Carrell's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Blackbird, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, Fugue, and other places. You can find out more at www.holli-carrell.com.

 

 

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