Mela Blust (Western Voices 2020)

Exclusive: Western Voices, 2020: Edited by Scott Thomas Outlar
Bio: Mela Blust is a Pushcart Prize and three time Best of the Net nominee, and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, The Nassau Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Coffin Bell, Collective Unrest, and many more. Her debut poetry collection, Skeleton Parade, is available with Apep Publications. Mela is a contributing editor for Barren Magazine and can be followed at

beware the tempest

this gin addled night
how one set of words
can crack the dawn
any soul still clutching
a lowball glass
knows the rust growing over
these ventricle windows
the hands of the clock
their own gentle tombstone
the ochre of your skin was home
it wasn’t

siren song 

lure you with breadcrumb hips and
star stung eyes
into my damp forest,
ripe with siren's song
descended from ancient bloodlines
soft cottontail fur and
disturbed earth
where thin slivers of desire
fold in and over on themselves
to become the knife of my lust
where sinew joins with bone and
smashes itself against similar softness
where diamond eyes
are mirrors
and limbs twist into snakes
and then, only then do i decide
whether i am predator
or prey

i am not        together
shovel, bone, and tree
these are the components
of the          roughness
that is       me.

i cannot make     promises
i am moon and she is me
this is all the   beauty
of not knowing
        who i'll be

tomorrow when you kiss me
i'll be demon         or be doll
your arms still feel like    home
i am sanguine
 even as i        fall.

1 comment :

  1. Mela, sanguine has my heart, they are all beautiful! Thank you and grateful dear friend to be sharing space with you


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