Dancers are mad spinning tops teetering
on the edge of wooden cliffs, blood-rushing
sacrificial marionettes, hypnotic birds
flying into themselves.
Black & white Marlene Dietrich dolphin
in a satin waterfall, sunhair sensual angel.
There is a movie trapped in her body
& midnight rolls in ringlets around her shoulders.
She swallowed an hourglass when she was young
and now she has the body of a woman
and the arms of zebras.
She is the volcano and the aftermath
dark explosion ocean with blood sand.
China doll siren in a red torture chamber.
She stared at a cat too long when she was a girl
and it gave her those lovely eyes.
Her body is made of mountains and rivers
and her heart is a clock full of honey.
From The Opulence Of Invention. Copyright © 2018 E. P. Mattson, All Rights Reserved.