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 is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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