Bethany W Pope

Two poems

No Exit

Little girl, what are you looking for
in the dusty corners of this barn?
Something clean, something new, an unlocked door
Leading away from him, his blood-edged shovel, and sour
sperm dripping from the hind-parts of a cow. Run,
little girl. What are you looking for
in the black of this closet, your
scabbed scalp shorn, your clothes all torn?
Something clean, something new, an unlocked door
leading to a cool green place where milk pours
sweet from the teat and I can lie, untouched, in the sun.
Little girl, what are you looking for
in this institutional bathroom where your
roommates hold you down and make your insides burn?
Something clean, something new, an unlocked door
to lead me from this ‘now’ that is a tour
of Hell eternal, this place where the world never turns.
Little girl, what are you looking for?
Something clean, something new, an unlocked door.

Appetites

In dreams, I run in the body of a fox; a male
with a thick red bush and a hungry mouth.
My teeth are sharp. Your bones are pale,
rabbit; so white in all that red. Your little fluff-tail
twitches in the spattered snow as you claw your torn body south.
In dreams, I run in the body of a fox; a male,
ripe with strength and rank with stale-
smelling hormones. I’m following your path.
My teeth are sharp, your bones are pale,
but you’re not afraid. You’re a bitch, here; beautiful and hale,
and you’ve got steaming, fragrant genitals to taunt me with.
In dreams, I run in the body of a fox; a male:
I mount you while we sleep. Our bodies thrash and flail
until one takes the other in their mouth.
My teeth are sharp, your bones are pale.
We come to swift agreement. Love leaves a trail
for us to follow. It leads from mind, through flesh, to truth.
In dreams, I run in the body of a fox; a male.
My teeth are sharp. Your bones are pale.

Copyright © Bethany W Pope 2015

Bethany W Pope is an LBA winning author. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns,(Oneiros Books, 2013), and The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles (Lapwing, 2014).

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One Response to Bethany W Pope

  1. Robert Nisbet says:

    I found both of these poems extremely powerful, Bethany. ‘No Exit’ presents the rapacious instinct as a horror and a threat, but it’s dramatically rendered in ‘Appetites’ as an even more fearful presence, corrupting, consuming and absorbing.

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