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The Woman Who Sleeps With The Devil

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rises after midnight, smokes a thin cheroot & lines her eyes with the blood of his defiant guests. 

 

She grows orchids in her greenhouse, distills rye whiskey & harvests the neighbor’s cats for stew.

 

The woman who sleeps with the devil never travels far from home, refuses invitations & paints her windows black.

 

She will not speak of her past but hints at a rendezvous with an aunt who guards the family bible &

 

brings her souvenirs: a rabbit’s foot her father cured, her mother’s ashes in a blue porcelain urn, a tape of her sister’s last words.

 

In winter, when his furnace heats their home, she spins wool to yarn & weaves his exotic capes & shrouds.

 

The woman who sleeps with the devil has learned to identify renegades, shanghai slavers, generals & executioners.

 

She’s combed our streets for charlatans, those who sell the trinkets of god’s army to unsuspecting tourists.

 

They’re a team, last seen wandering our fields hand in hand, she with a shovel & he with his torch & hook.

 

No one dares climb the hill to their rooms. We suspect anarchy & treason but will never interfere. Their privacy is our salvation.

 

 

Overview
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It's Mother's Day
By Dawn's Early Light at 120 Miles Per Hour
Stiletto
The Man With His Back To The Room
Intimacies, Prose. Poems and Stories
Homage to a Widow
It's Only TV
Improvisations - Chapbook
After Goya
Escapades
Improvisations - From Contemporary Music