( In a world turned upside down)

(Poem by Wendy Howe )

The Playwright thought
as others have,
I am a prankster
an elfin boy

who might braid
two horse tails together
or steal household goods;
matchsticks, spools of thread
or a new bride's sanity.

But I am female,
part girl, part lace-wing moth
who rises from a candle flame
to spice dreams, deepen
the scent of fruit
and make hinges on a screen door
hum like a choral spell

enticing lovers
to come out and seize
the Summer night.

Puck is rooted
in Pulchritude
and leaps so quickly
off the tongue

that I adore
the staccato plucking --
one syllable, one vocal string
that ignites a girdle
of stars, a galaxy
of feminine charms.
© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.

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