Poetry Issue 12:2

   Issue # 12:2 : January 2010

LeAnne Ray



Villanelle


      Open-throated boys float together,
      clots in a valley. Black-green
      herons stab frogs asleep in the river.

      It is morning: birds speak, hairy flowers
      unclench their faces. Small eyes see
      open-throated boys float together,

      botfly larvae under their skin, and pale soldier
      fly larvae in soft, segmented masses eating.
      Herons stab frogs asleep in the river

      slime. Muddy-gilled carp
      rise, mouth fingertips, toes, penises.
      Open-throated boys float together

      as one cell in a long vein below coca hills. Deliver
      us from evil.
      Herons stab frogs asleep in the river.

      Hooded men enter a village off the water
      with machetes, drench everything in gasoline.
      Open-throated boys float together.
      Herons stab frogs asleep in the river.