Lisa Allen Ortiz

(Westport, California)

The Drawer Marked Meats - Poem by Lisa Allen Ortiz

A bedtime story about Bluebeard
all the wives on meat hooks
then wake up
and the house is dark.

Fear
is a gift from mother —
the way she grabbed
our collar bones, said:

get inside. We had the house
to ourselves, kept our eyes
glued to the television set.
Our hearts

we put in the ice box
not like psychopaths but like poets
to preserve the crimson imagery
the slender metaphor

of love and its chambers.
In the middle of the night
we open the door, and the light goes on
when we're so hungry

and the cold red beating
is all there is to eat.


Comments about The Drawer Marked Meats by Lisa Allen Ortiz

  • Susan Williams (10/3/2016 3:25:00 PM)


    Powerful. Unflinching [though I flinched a lot from its horrid reality]. Heart-rending [ not just heartbreaking- but heartrending- -tearing the heart into shreds, slowly slaughter-housing it into pieces, ]. Love Neal Beightol's comment. (Report) Reply

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  • Paul Amrod (10/3/2016 11:53:00 AM)


    What affected and touched me the most about this poem is the reaction to the fear induced by the mother where the children put their hearts in the ice-box like poets to preserve their imagery. Secretly of course. Nice work. Paul Amrod (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (10/3/2016 10:57:00 AM)


    A brilliant piece of compelling imagery. Exquisitely intriguing. Reminds me of none of my work.
    :)
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  • (10/3/2016 8:24:00 AM)


    Completely and totally awesome! I have another poet to read! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/3/2016 1:41:00 AM)

    The slender metaphor
    The ice box. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/3/2016 12:54:00 AM)

    Beauty of life.
    we put in the ice box
    not like psychopaths but like poets
    to preserve the crimson imagery
    the slender metaphor

    of love and its chambers
    Very beautiful imagery, A poem so nicely written.
    10 for it.
    Subhas
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/3/2016 12:46:00 AM)


    A nice poem of images. Thank you.

    Robert
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 27, 2016



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