Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

pretty's just armor
something else
to wear like a dress or a name
not magic like skin
apparel apparent apparently
repellant pretty
don't draw
flies like
honey we just pretend
it does skin is
what draws you don't
believe me
just think skin flick
the winter sky
is not a skin you
might fly right
past it but pretty
makes an atmosphere
it's hard to get back in
one hitch one weak
O ring and you are that
white                    dense
puff of pinkish smoke
too thick for cloud
trailers swerving off in opposite
directions someone not
coming home you believed
lifting off you were
bound somewhere boundless
you will never be that
pretty again
Copyright 2011 by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Used with permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

RR Lyrae: Matter by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
He still exists as flesh; it's the idea
Transit of Venus by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
The actors mill about the party saying rhubarb

Further Reading

Related Poems
Red Wand
by Sandra Simonds
Poems about Loss
by Donald Hall
by Paula Meehan
Burning the Old Year
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Catastrophe Theory III
by Mary Jo Bang
Dove, Interrupted
by Lucie Brock-Broido
Etta's Elegy
by Maureen Seaton
from Projection
by Lidija Dimkovska
by Naomi Shihab Nye
by Marilyn Hacker
Heavy Summer Rain
by Jane Kenyon
I Found Her Out There
by Thomas Hardy
I'll Try to Tell You What I Know
by Martha Serpas
by Carl Adamshick
Making Apple Sauce with my Dead Grandmother
by Bianca Stone
On Disappearing
by Major Jackson
please advise stop [I was dragging a ladder slowly over stones stop]
by Rusty Morrison
Radar Data #12
by Lytton Smith
Room in Antwerp
by Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Song ["When I am dead, my dearest"]
by Christina Rossetti
Stairway to Heaven
by Alison Hawthorne Deming
the lost baby poem
by Lucille Clifton
The Power of the Dog
by Rudyard Kipling
To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like a Death
by Lloyd Schwartz
Token Loss
by Kay Ryan
When They Die We Change Our Minds About Them
by Jennifer Michael Hecht