Tigress

Gaze

Illustration by Caroline Kim

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:49pm

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And in that moment I was a tiger,
my prey’s blood matted into my fur
as I carried you, dangling between
carved fangs, afraid and afraid.
 
The days passed maliciously since our lips
had met in comfort; but here I was deafened
and defeated by the way you stroked my hair,
fingers braided into tangles and knots.
 
And in that moment I was a tiger,
and I kissed the earth and her leaves.
the greens dissolved on my tongue,
the meat and the veins as they fell from the sky
          quivering at my sight.
 
Spirituality sang in cycles, drifting
and wavering. Excuses always came easy to us.
We left each other in favor of a silicone
meditation, where thoughts ran endlessly
and affectionate rivers dry.
 
But in that moment I was a tiger,
and I danced to the jungle’s songs,
a humming rhythm as you fell into my grasp;
limb by limb, consumed.
 
Fugitive, you said from between my teeth.
          my tiger teeth.
 
And in that moment I loved
And in that moment I loved
And in that moment I loved.