art by dl warner
I'm a writer living in Los Angeles. I have been published in the L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, and most recently, in the 2016 anthology The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, from Tia Chucha/Northwestern University Press.
Danger off the Spoon
Her mother described her thus:
"She loved to lick danger off the spoon."
On hot nights that took forever to arrive
She would stand before nature as it stood before her,
Which tends to attract the howling.
And she dated a lot of dogs in her time.
Mean dogs, angry dogs
Angrier that the one drawn by David Lynch.
Dogs that sucked the blood from her
And no wherewithal for a transfusion.
Her heart was filled with poison:
That was her secret.
She left us that day with rings around her fingers
Put there by lovers dead on arrival.
She belonged to no one finally
And to nothing at last.