The Prairie Witch

By Sea Sharp

//
but not even the demented can shriek like the meadowlarks / who only rattle a little on my beak / strung necklace like everything / that is sacrifice / and we shall wear their feathers if we ever wish to fly / so pluck them all / clothe my boy in the colors / masquerade him as an inky sunshine bird / and i used to be an angel / you know
//
with the souls of the dead in my palms / like crystal goblets / i used to be an angel / but i never sip when i drink / i throw shit / i thrust my wings like hell / i dare you to do a goddamn thing about it / and everythings a sacrifice / you know
//
and you have to be careful down here / try not to eat all the woodrats / and when the copperheads and cottonmouths start rolling / down the valley do not move they will trip / us down beat us up / bruise our bones over those limestones / rip you into pieces / scatter you over on these hills like crusted drops of flint / you have to be careful down here / everything is sacrifice / and i used to be an angel / you know
//
but i should have been
a bobcat chewing on the spines
of prairie dogs lapping up the
streams marking up the slopes panting
in the shade of my den
pleased and purring
//
but my wings look bomb blasted / in this place like amputations like flesh / and bone and skin and everything / is sacrifice and i work too damn hard / and i sweat so damn much these days / and i am putrid / and i am rancid / and I am cursed / you know
//
but tonight
//
icarus my little boy bird will learn to rise / and i will praise luna / singing wallah wallayyyy weemama wallayyyy weemama / and you can hear the coyotes weeping a lullaby / on the plains where i will disrobe / amongst my melancholy lovers / you will think my breasts / look nearly sacred beneath the orange of a harvestmoon / and the blood on my hair will dry quickly / you know
//
and your anguish / cannot last forever / and the wailing / will just / you know
//
I was an angel once but tonight
I will sway like a dying
pregnant fawn as the magnificent
konza bursts into flames like
//
hallelujah
//

nature-sky-sunset-sun-large

Sea Sharp is a gender questioning, multiracial American poet of color who immigrated to England in 2012. Sharp is a Kansas State University graduate who studied Creative Writing, Literature, Theatre, and Women’s Studies. Sharp practices Veganism, Feminism, The Hip Hop Declaration of Peace and other lifestyles that promote compassion.

 

Advertisements