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February 7th

Elizabeth Pode

Let the light in

so that when I finally

see you,

love will be

lust will be


And you’ll just watch

from the sidelines,

face covered lace,

calling your eyes out.

Spitting cat calls

that I

can’t get enough of you.


silhouettes on trains

scream out


of your jeweled inner


on witnesses and

holy water.

Oh the places;

if only you knew.

Knew what you mean to me.

Meant to me?


still mean to me because

you’re a light.

You just keep shining and

shining and

you don’t even know it

with that tick tock cursed

smile of yours that I’m

always fighting others for.

I’m letting all this go.

Flying by the seat of

the throne I put you on.

They keep kicking you out

and spitting on you,

trying to smash you in with

a brick of accusations that

you have no control over.

But I pick you up by

every thread that holds me

to you.

I won’t let you go.

I’ll sew my fingers to your shirt


the animal they sic

against us.

Cause they can throw sticks

and stones

and you should always know

that I’ll cover you with every

piece of me that I own.

I owe nothing to them,

to you,

but you’ve taken it.

You don’t intend to give it back.

That’s just fine with me.

I wrote you a poem because I didn’t know what else to do.

Put into words this being inside

my chest.


my mind.

They write poems about

men storming gates.

Smashing in care.

Taking down the gods.

But this is all I can give you.

A few words about your brown eyes.

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