Poem Where I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf
by Danez Smith
lay me down on eye-white snow
my slow brooding bed of robin wings
my body slit & smearing everywhere.
I will not name this new opening a wound.
here, there is no pain I didn’t beg for.
I heard the howl, didn’t dare run.
stood waiting for the sweet blades
of jaw & claw. you found me
wasted no time making a myth
of my thigh, my flesh turned to wind
the earth under me wet with my life.
I pray this is what they mean by always
that heaven is a persistent mouth.
Baby, I want you forever this way:
fangs covered in me, moon dyed red
bouncing off front teeth, my body
only certain how to twitch, your belly
round with my joy.
“Poem Where I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf”, from [INSERT] BOY by Danez Smith. Copyright © 2014 by Danez Smith. Used by permission of YesYes Books.