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Temptation of the Composer by Airea D. Matthews

published in Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets


Temptation of the Composer

by Airea D. Matthews

Oh Shepherd, our honeyed marriage bed in the meadow was too narrow and though you herd wild things, you were deaf to my footsteps. As you lay there in the dew of me, curled, satiated, I tiptoed backwards toward our door under twisted reeds. Out where pasture led to brackish waters and red-hot mists rose from quartz I lowered myself into rockpores while rushing wings of screech owls seemed to sing: Welcome, Dark-Light Welcome, Wild-Love

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