The Girl Who Entered The Lion’s Den

by Mike Jewett


I.

Pyrethrin
            Coating your mind

Like submarine blips
            Sonar, radar,

a la belle étoile
            All very

Calebian,
            no passage

Matching
            ” Solderly”

(A space before
            the word,)

Marching, military
            Soldierly

with X-ray Specs
            [dreamscape]

Escape
ing The Hinterlands
of our youth

Droll, square mouth
            Sunken paper eyes

Possessive
            of her pronouns,

Hors d’oeuvres
            Garnished body of work

(& no play)
            What a dull girl

                        Jill makes.

Taciturn,
            Tacit,

Plate of
            Lahmajun,

Blood oranges,
            Saturnine,

Flickan Som
Gick in i
Lejongropen

(The Girl Who Entered
            The Lion’s Den)

“Sooner would
            I stand

Three times
            to face their battles,

Shield in hand,
            Than bear one child!”

II.

Taking
            Communion

with
            Greys

                        Scientific lemonade:

Dewlaps,
            Dewclaws,

Fireside chrysalis
            Promethean promenade

Athenian warship
            A red parade

Ghastly,
Gatsby,
Crimsonly

Seeing shadow
            Spring died

A faux fox
            Her deleted beauty

Epicaricacy
            in action-

The Girl
Who Entered
The Lion’s Den

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