Mouthful by t.m. thomson

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         After ‘Art of Transgression’ by Pascaline Marti*
 In the pitch of night, poppies waved
 over her head—scarlet flags with fluted
 petals & inky centers & star-shaped
 pistils surrounded by grassy stamen.
 Daisies with buttercup discs & snowy
 rays bobbed against her waist while moon
 perched on a black horizon whose orbs 
 cut sky’s canvas marring its velvet oneness
 yet actualizing its layers & drapes
 & casual sprawls.  It was under this spotted
 canvas that she roamed loosely—in a field 
 with poppies’ stubbly stems arching
 & veering & entwining with daisies’ heads
 & her own arms while supple petals grazed
 her hair & legs bidding her look up
 at moon’s cratered nearness    its gasp
 & gravity    its slow spin
 mouthful of light

BIO: t.m. thomson’s work has been featured in several journals, including Wild Age Press, These Fragile Lilacs, and Borrowed Solace, most recently appearing in Prometheus Dreaming and The Bangalore Review. Her poetry will be featured in upcoming issues of The Blue Ash Review and Tempered Runes Press. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards: “Seahorse and Moon” (2005), “I Walked Out in January” (2016), and “Strum and Lull” (2018). She has co-authored Frame and Mount the Sky, a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry (2017) and is author of Strum and Lull (2019) and The Profusion (2019). She has a writer’s page at When she’s not writing, she can be found communing with cats, playing in mud, or spinning.

* Click here to view the “Art of Transgression” by Pascaline Marti