NAKED LADY

Monica A Hand

This is not sensible, safe or even sane.
It is an asteroid plummeting towards
a field of Amaryllis.

Had I any sense,
I would orbit some other solar system.
I swear, I am no nincompoop just a fool

broken, howling at the long night moon
pretending not to see your thorny lattice.
Welcoming disaster

undeterred by crappy dice,
my desire is an out of control star
hurtling through space

towards your fiery universe
despite its warning, winter flowers.


Monica A Hand is the author of me and Nina, Alice James Books (2012) short listed for the 2013 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and a finalist for the 2012 Foreward Book of the Year. She has a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University and has attended residencies at Poets House in NYC and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. A Cave Canem alum, currently, she is a PhD candidate in Poetry at the University of Missouri- Columbia.

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