by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Queen Bed 9:52pm

If I were to paint

a picture of My Self

what colour would I use

to start?  Yellow, please

as I see Me in a room

of Gold

with Purple Rings

under My Eyes

as I see Them sag

into disproportion

I would put Chartreuse

upon My Fallen Lids

stark Black for Brows

still arched

My Two Left Moles

would be three-dimensional

& My Lips, cracked slightly

with age lines

would be a Lurid Red

maybe smearing across

The Right Side

Of My Face