An oldie but, I think, a goodie

In Preparation for the Hunt

Picture me waiting
in the nook by the window,
long skirt spread out, falling
red and wet-looking against
the strong curve of my legs,
the material, rich as arterial
blood, scrounged from a curtain,
concealing my calves as a sheath
hides a blade. And I, sitting there,
coiled, for you. Holding that feather
that I found in the woods, the
pinion that fell from some
brown-streaked hawk,
brushing that keen edge against my lips
in anticipation of the softness of your flesh.
picture this and know that,
though I’m hooded now, by the long
shadows of the eaves, when you come for
me in sunlight, crossing
plain across that barren field,
the feather will fall, my feet will fly,
and my arms will cross tight
around your neck.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope was named by the Huffington Post as ‘one of the five Expat poets to watch in 2016’. Nicholas Lezard, writing for The Guardian, described her latest collection as 'poetry as salvation'.....'This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escape.' Bethany has won many literary awards and published several collections of poetry. Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren in 2016. Her second novel, Ordinary Lives: The Ballad of John and Mary, was published in 2018. Follow her on Twitter @BethanyWPope

Posted on January 17, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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