A Poem by Lillo Way

Tuesday sunset went baroque, all gold-edged
and filigreed in a frame of holy squiggles.

Yesterday it was high renaissance muscle,
flesh-colored and fingering the clouds.

There’s been a reformation this evening, giving us
hard-edged still life, not a breath of movement.

Until you came leaping up the stairs, parting
the air, dispersing clouds. You grabbed me

by the waist and laughed me onto my palette.
You painted me creamy in broad brushstrokes.

Our borders blurred in your rich impasto.
Adhered and embedded, we heard the rain begin.

Lillo Way
Lillo Way

Lillo Way’s “Dubious Moon” won the Hudson Valley Writers Center’s Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest. Her poem, “Offering,” won the E.E. Cummings Award from New England Poetry Club., and “Appropriation” was awarded a Florida Review Editors” Prize. Her writing has appeared in RHINO, New Letters, Poet Lore, North American Review, Tampa Review, Louisville Review, Madison Review, Poetry East, among others. Way has received grants from the NEA, NY State Council on the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for her choreographic work involving poetry. Her collection, “Lend Me Your Wings,” is forthcoming May 2021.

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