Mother Moon

by Lisa M. Cole


I am numb
in the undertow

of your trophy hand, & 
in lieu of deliverance

the water confesses
to my mother moon.

At this, 
she is alarmed.

Trancing, touched, but not sated, I wait—
my breath wide like a billowing sheet.

I watch as the slanted dusk—blind
in one eye—rests itself

across my windowpane, &
to subdue the void, 

I claw my way through
sleep’s calamities.


Lisa M. Cole is the author of Heart Full of Tinders & Dreams of the Living, both of which are forthcoming from ELJ Publications. Lisa has also written a variety of chapbooks including The Love Machine from Yellow Flag Press, and Living in a Lonely House from Dancing Girl Press. You can find a full list of her publications at her website: