Mary Cresswell / Poetry 5.2 / Fall, 2017

MARY CRESSWELL

 

From RSR Featured Art © by Artist Allen Forrest

 

OBSESSION

How do you like me?
Just say what you want
I’ll turn into whatever you need:
connoisseur of your wisdom?
a worshipful aunt?
a sex slave who knows how to read?

I’ll dye my hair red –
or do you want blonde?
Take my soul for afternoon tea –
I’ll walk two paces behind you
to the back of beyond
I’ll be what you want me to be.

I exist just for you –
take me now, as a gift –
And look! I’ll only be wearing
my paradigm shift!

METAMORPHOSIS

the time of blue butterflies
was filled with sound:
hillsides
lookouts
underpasses
overbridges

the call of them filled
a thousand distances:
short-tailed
long-tailed
iridescent
papery dull

then worldwide silence
as they took their new shape:
turned to
starfish
blue and brilliant
drowning the reef

 

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Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Her most recent book – Fish Stories – is a collection of nature poems in ghazal and glosa forms. (http://www.cup.canterbury.ac.nz/catalogue/Fish_stories.shtml )

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