LUST by Tina Cane

mostly water Maeve

contains also the tingling urge to swim

eyes nose mouth ears     smeared as anemones

across salt-lick skin     a school of legs arms of paillettes

as a kid she floated on her back in the local pool     lids pressed shut

for the sun’s hot prism of God’s eyes and Rorschach mushrooms

her boy a rigid T braced against Marco Polo roars reduced to orange spots

today Maeve wakes to find her island is invented


Tina Cane was born and raised in New York City. She is a poet, teacher and founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, The Literary Review and Spinning Jenny. She lives outside of Providence with her husband and their three children.