SELF-PORTRAIT WITH WANT by Despy Boutris
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH WANT
by Despy Boutris
Published September 16, 2022
Like any girl, I hide a growl beneath my tongue.
I’m always all weed, all mayhem & untamed animal.
A rough child—all pocket-knife, wolf-soft in the grass.
A hot curse of bones climbing over crawdads,
my body a berry hemorrhaging. Nothing
but hands stained with want. Meadow of briars.
Burning barn. All salt & sweat, all touch & greed.
All animal on my knees. Not girl, only growl, only fiend.
An ocean of hunger. Garden held in my hands.