Marie Lecrivain is a writer/photographer residing in Los Angeles and the executive editor of poeticdiversity, an on-line poetry magazine for the LA poetry community. Her work has appeared in The Blue House, Animus, San Gabriel Valley Poets Quarterly, Aesthetica, and Poems Niederngasse, and her collection of poetry, Canticle of a Bored Hausfrau, is available through Sybaritic Press. "Writing is like having sex with a beautiful freak, adventurous and uncomfortable to the extreme." - m. lecrivain 2004


We spawn shadows
fooling ourselves into thinking absinthe-enhanced relations
are labors of love.

Comfort this night is nothing more than a yen for body heat.
You'll get more honesty
and a sense of absolution from the fisherman's hook,
than you can from me.

Rise from the pillow,
& swim from my bedside, your Piscean nature reasserting itself.
Scales bound twice for
penance and abjuration of mercy-
the tides are much easier to navigate
when the mind is not burdened with memories
of once being human…or nearly so.