A Winter’s Night | Varinia Rodriguez

Art: Varinia Rodriguez

I have learned to walk on fire,
To drink fire,
To be fire.

Half goddess,
Half dragon.

I am Medusa,
Bruja,
Y santa.

Give me your eyes,
I will teach you to read skins.
Give me your hands,
I will teach you to pray in tongues.

The night we met,
The moon bowed down
To give us the stars.

I watched women
Drape themselves
Onto you.

A production
In the art
Of meat dangling.

But there was your stare—
Unwavering,
On me
In reverence and lust.

I put my claw to your skin.

There is a power when the flame burns white between us.
Where the unholy meet
And give us light.


Varinia Rodriguez once wrote a book about how Jellyfish Dreams were responsible for her own saving.  She is raw, intense, and lovely like a shot of whiskey on a cold day hitting like a cup of hot cocoa.  She is an alchemist, who works best with fire and the moon. Buy her book of poetry and photography off Punch Drunk Press.

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This poem is from the Thought For Food anthology,
a poetry collection benefiting Denver Food Rescue.
You can purchase a copy of the book here.

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