Lisa Nielsen and
Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard
Radiant Child

Inspiration piece

Satellite of Love
By Lisa Nielsen


Satellite of love

I poked holes in the sun,
scrutinized the stars
(I know you hear me)

radiant child floats in on flames, unbothered
by my scraped up knees and whiskey soaked hair
as I lay in an outline of detailed jaundice

he came out of a broken moon and offered me sanctuary —
fitting in with a wayward grace
so even when I stumbled,
gravity had mercy

Now, I run my finger over his sausage arm,
my lips graze his greasy scalp

he knitted together embryonic strings
and called it a cape

tomorrow no longer tastes bitter
I can stop being a suspicious fortuneteller,
portioning out my heart like a shared steak, as I carry you

from room to room –
my offer
my new life
my basket of gold


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One Comment

  1. Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm | #

    I love so many lines in this poem, and it feels like a natural outgrowth of the color in the image–even though I can’t really tell you why! The last four stanzas are spectacular!