Flesh Charm for Waifs and Strays gleditsia triacanthos

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September 15, 2015 by The Citron Review

by Laura Madeline Wiseman

 

Dear thorns in a chain linked yard,
sometimes sweetness fails to fruit.

Dear nearly hairless. Dear curved
and twisted. Why did he despise

her bell-shaped petals on the lawn?
Why did her thornless form lack

a sharpness he coveted? Dear ripe.
Dear sweet pulp. Dear brown seeds.

How quickly he cut her down one morning,
men everywhere with ropes and blades

sawing her black bark, yanking
her fissured limbs to the ground—

the ground shakes half a block away.
He never asked for kitchen spells, recipes

to open her womb, accept his white seed.
Dear honey. Dear edible bean. Dear shade

over his drive, drink this charm and leave.

 

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her most recent book is Drink (BlazeVOX Books, 2015). She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. www.lauramadelinewiseman.com

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