POETRY | Milton, of termagant&tyranny

dear decelerate Anne,              you are wise beyond
your imagination                     beyond what little
           
            thoughts you’ve engineered
 
in your slow motion heart      pump,
pump, the blood still runs      and you are left,
 
            petticoat inside out and stockings filthy
 
with grit and brimstone resin,
like the melting            pupil of your eye
 
            i’ve heard voices lashing,        share the same birth day—
 
what it is to be the dog’s pain           
to attempt to be more than
 
the name: Anne. Anne. Anne. Anne.
 
overbearing,     still hearing our name


courtney.jamesonCourtney Leigh Jameson graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with an MFA in Poetry (2013). Her poems have appeared in Similar: Peaks, Clockwise Cat, FLARE: Flagler Review, Crack the Spine, Danse Macabre, and Cowboy Poetry Press. She currently resides in Arizona and is the The Bowhunter of White Stag Journal