I lay silent under
the tower of muscle
where the beast hangs his head
like a wet honeycomb.

Every bone is stiff
as ivory down here,
searching in dark slowness
the beast's every movement.

My wails poke through the sky
star after star until
the beast glows above me,
preparing his death thrust,

his eyes the pink of quartz,
his smell the scent of sound,
each of his hairs flowers,
underworld roses.

Caleb Walter Reed

Caleb Walter Reed is a painter and poet living in Portland, OR with his partner, Justin, and their pit bull, Harvey Girl. Caleb's painting and writing are reflections of each other in their focus on color and texture. You can see his artwork on his website, calebwalt.com.


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