her lithe splendour

silent motion's sweet song in the reeds
wind-drawn cross-hatch stripes change change
muscle music draws stripes down the shadows
massive motion shifts silent in the reeds
she waits by the water, she drinks from the font
motion music plays hunger in the shadows
he waits by the water, he drinks from the font
hunger-drawn cross-hatch stripes change change
cross-hatch stripes drawn deep in supple skin
sweet sweet blood anoints the water
life's sweet death sung silent in the shadows
sweet sweet blood anoints the tongue
death's sweet life sung silent in the reeds

—Mike Allen