ARIES SEASON

QUEEN WOLF

howl.

then ache
for my name
so i awaken
for you.

the spell is:
i never felt
like a leader
i pulled earth,
crescents,
teeth, and blood.

wolves like me
don’t lie
just don’t ask
for my truth.

howl, under
the trees
think of me
in your room

rise. howl.
howl again.

*

LUCKY HORSE

in your vision,
we swam all night
with the horses

i want to tell everyone
that we braided
our hair into their manes
we made up our own language
we recorded our dreams

instead, i kept my palms
in one shape
just behind its neck,
frozen.

*

ARIES SEASON

i read that poem you told me about,
all goosebumps & uninvited parties

it made me dream: walking into the room,
watching you, watching me,

me in long-black clothes, at night,
with bad decisions in the air

there are other people:
other people with cocktail tumblers

forgettable music & relationship problems
& suburban secrets
someone’s hot, heavy skin

in a house that doesn’t belong to either of us
because nothing belongs to no one,
not you, or me, or your marriage

or my lips at your wife’s neck,
no, nothing is mine or yours or ours

i want you to tell me about the poem again,
how nothing belongs to us

you love retelling it with a smile,
as if it discounts the lion blood in my stars.

TERRESTRIAL COSMOS

this is when language turns rogue:
a glass splinter grows in the back of your throat.

all i know is, when it rains,
the foxes retreat & i am dew all over.

the glass shifts, i have a body
but, i don’t know what it feels like ~

just air.

*waiting for the end of the world by Stephanie Valente

Stephanie Valente’s waiting for the end of the world takes places between the world of the living and the dead. Inspired by the major arcana tarot cards, the poems explores the unstoppable forces of urgency, love, sex, desire, longing, and identity.

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Lifestyle editor, social media manager, young adult novelist, poet, style blogger, dreamer, & culture writer. Stephanie Valente is the author of Waiting for the End of the World which takes places between the world of the living and the dead.

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