Hermaphropoetics / Desire

by Rochelle Owens

In this story
ripening on the vine   so to speak

In this story   a warhollike
playfulness

a vinyl fruit of desire
teasing femme / homme

bringing millions to their knees

In a dream of a hermaphrodite
in silhouette

her / his body
elegant the fusion of human and bird

vertical   horizontal
l’amour impossible   l’amour possible

the physical poetic
iridescent her pelvis   his / her body

spiritual /carnal
inside a dark purple fruit

the core divided
In a dream of a boy warrior

with bright red lips
her skin   berries and apricots

diaphanous   floating
languid the tendrils of pubic hair

a flush of wet hot air burning
her neck and face

Sorcery of his female brain

In this story   a warhollike
playfulness

teasing femme / homme
her teeth overlapping   licking

a clot of blood
A hunter gatherer   meat   nuts   fruit

his platinum blond curls
bringing millions to their knees

Love of the hermaphrodite
like a white swan

her hollow bones   sculpted   delicate
elegant the fusion

of human and bird
his hollow bones glowing under

a black light
magnetic her hollow bones

glowing in the dark
Meek sweetness the face the face

of the hermaphrodite   teasing femme / homme
Out of the hole of Baudelaire

emerging from the mists of Cumae
A long curved fingernail

tracing a circle   a cleft   tracing
the pink mauve folds
tracing the flower vulva

the mother misery   the father terror
a slit in the stalk   blood seeping

carnal /spiritual
green and pale the scrotal lily

In this story a   warhollike
playfulness

a vinyl fruit of desire
teasing femme / homme

bringing millions to their knees