Saturday, August 15, 2009

from Maxfield Parrish

I always put my pussy
in the middle of trees
like a waterfall
like a doorway to God
like a flock of birds.
I always put my lover’s cunt
on the crest
of a wave
like a flag
that I can
pledge my
allegiance
to. This is my
country. Here,
when we’re along
in public.
My lover’s pussy
is a badge
is a night stick
is a helmet
is a deer’s face
is a handful
of flowers
is a river
of blood
is a bible
is a hurricane
is a soothsayer.
My lover’s pussy
is a battle cry
is a prayer
is lunch
is wealthy

is happy
is on teevee
has a sense of humor
has a career
has a cup of coffee
goes to work
meditates
is always along
knows my face
knows my tongue
knows my hands
is an alarmist
has lousy manners
knows her mind

I always put
my pussy in the middle
of trees
like a waterfall
a piece of jewelry
that I wear
on my chest
like a badge
in America
so my lover & I
can be safe.

-Eileen Myles