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Wild Thing

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Wild Thing

by Gretchen Tessmer

 

no, I won’t be locked in that cage—

no matter the number of pretty-in-pink bouquets

delivered by post and sent under your name 

won’t be strangled by a string of pearls

won’t bleed out under blinding lights

on a resplendent stage

of your many, distracted expectations

won’t be caught in your butterfly nets

rushing around the garden, scents

of roses, lavender, and lilacs

drowning out the sense

that says

beware the careless lover

the wolf in tweed-and-yellow-jackets

come to bring me wreaths of restless

fair-weather compliments

sewn with thorns in need of future

extraction 

 

 

 


Gretchen Tessmer is an attorney and writer based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. She writes both poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Nature, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Wild Musette, among many other venues.



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