The Tulip

Andrea Dow

It's far too prim
this pointed bud,
and yet provocative,
poised and pursing
to a lipstick slick
of deepest red.
He wants to prise
and push a finger
down the silky reaches
of its opened throat.
It makes him sick.
He'll tear the perfumed
silk to strands.
The heart: he'll wrench
it out, it's black,
he knows it is,
and knows this too:
he'll never get that
sweet dust off
his shaking hands.

Andrea Dow

Andrea Dow is currently on the M.A Writing at Sheffield Hallam University where she is specialising in poetry. She was winner of the Ictus Award in 2002, and a pamphlet of her poetry, Waiting, in which Tulip first appeared, was published that year by the Mews Press. Poems have also appeared in Matter 4. Andrea also writes prose and is the recipient of a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writer's Apprenticeship. She is working on her first novel.

Tulip is from Ten Hallam Poets, edited by Steven Earsnhaw, E.A. Markham and Sean O'Brien, (Mews Press, £7.99, published on 4th May 2005; can be ordered by cheque made out to Sheffield Hallam University from Steven Earnshaw, English Department, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield S10 2BP).


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