THREE'S CHARM / Whenever we make love, we bring in We like his reek, the odors of licorice the panther to sit on his scroUed pedestal in the corner of the room. We like him there, the power of his engine. and scorched grasses he carries with him. Sometimes he ignores us, Ucks his fur methodicaUy, chewing and sucking between each claw, droning on with his eyes closed through the whole event. But usuaUy he perches erect on his pedestal and watches, taU twitching. We glory in his interest. We dramatize our thrashings, for his deUght. We flip and writhe like stranded fish on a rocky shore growl for his pleasure, squeal repeatedly just to put him in a frenzy, just to make him jealous. Some nights we lose ourselves completely in his presence, grow weightless with the distance. We see only his eyes and the fires of his gleaming teeth as he hisses. He's a constellation, our sign, the tips of our bodies burning in his own black sky. And we wait for those evenings when he crouches low, draws his head down into the bat-blades of his shoulders, actually leaps right for us on the bed.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1991
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