Two Poems

Abigail Wadsworth Serfass
April 27, 2016
Comments 0

From The Compendium of Romantic Words: Howl

Verb; noun. Notable for its compact muscularity,
as a wolf’s haunches double up to spring
and then the red carnage. The word looks like
the open mouth that sings it, and an open mouth
is, of course, an infini entendre of possibility. Mostly,
though, the power of the word rests in its suggestion
of desperation, such that one’s body might howl
for another’s, or, more frequently, such that
a forsaken one howls in the night like an animal
(see: tired metaphor; see: still erotic).

Back to top ↑

Sign up for Our Email Newsletter