Alice as Palette

the photograph,
a cropped, chopped, headless, half-hewn body,
                        an artist’s scheme,
a palette symmetrical finger-painted on
hues of crimson, blues, and blotched Kelly greens,
a live sensation            a riff   Jackson Pollock’s dream

skin-canvas, splotched and splattered
see the colors bleed, enlivened by brine to
bittersweet, a candied extreme

staked-out, stalked—these leggy stems
in the weeds—

abloom            most delightfully festooned,
a walking cartoon, suckled to the skin’s surface,
lens-eyed            by a man unseen

climb atop this remnant parsed
            this headless,
bodiless, pointillist-pair      of            dotted legs
wander to the rabbit hole      or simply float above
this phantasm
in a world      between

Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator specializing in shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for massage and aromatherapy publications. She travels the world seeking writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before the Arab Spring), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).

Her poetry appears in magazines: here/there: poetry in the UK, Existere in Canada, Tincture Journal in Australia, Cha in Hong Kong, Eunoia Review in Singapore, Latchkey Tales in New Zealand, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, mgv2>publishing in France, RædLeafPoetry in India, and Travel by the Book, Ribbons, Sounding Review, KYSO Flash, the Aurorean, Crack the Spine, Liquid Imagination, Poetry Quarterly, Page & Spine and others in the USA. Her new book The Hurricane is available now through Prolific Press.

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