The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

Volume-1                                          June-2011                                                        Number-1



A Man Consists of Sun

by Chris Tanasescu

A man consists of sun

light if he’s a vegetarian

(it’s the photosynthesis

that fed the leaves he lives off)

and time if he eats meat,

the two biological clocks

clashing inside as the eater

and the eaten dance in the dark;

a woman is made of moon

stones if she drinks only spring

water – as tides of masculine seas

suck in the river of her sashay –

and public places, when drinking

the new wine of her wedding.

The solstice approaches the city,

steamy beams enter

the foliage, and the homes of relatives

where we nod keeping time –

Don’t breathe, any extra beat?…

This world’s no contraceptive.