LEAVING UPON EXIT by Paige McBride
after Rose Marie Prins painting
Free, Tumbling like a Leaf in the Wind, from Life to Life
Do your black painted leaves
mirror your black heart
like a ruth in stone
as you draw your tongue
over the sunflower heart
in the imagination of my mind?
know I chew you,
I chew you,
I chew the words
you spit out that slip
from your white wine-soaked mouth.
& you, you leaving upon exit I say to you . . .
– somewhere down in your life & leaving soul
is honey drenched in purified
Paige McBride is an artist, a poet, and a librarian who lives with her dog, Sir Simon, in Dunedin, Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in English (CRW) and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her poems have appeared in the West Trade Review, Tulane Review, Heartwood Literary Magazine, American Chordata, Convergence, Sunset Liminal Press, aaduna, Literary Juice, Burningword Literary Journal, and The Wayfarer among others.