2nd Place : Arrhythmimic | Lana Hanson

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2nd Place : Arrhythmimic | Lana Hanson


I make my arrhythmia mimic cricket feet-
turn all my eyes to pleading blue.
You waited by the mattress under streetlight heat.

Scuttle past the trash, glass shards and bird shreds, greet
an omen; moonlit, a jolt-moment for you.
I make my arrhythmia mimic cricket feet.

What scheming god makes predator and prey meet?
Day deserted me, grudgingly darkness grew.
You waited by the mattress under streetlight heat.

Two wet beacons, speechless scowl, swiveling beat-
brown hair catching bruised sky, you flew.
I make my arrhythmia mimic cricket feet.

Singing limbs scratch climax sweet-
my mouth open, last of husk ripped askew.
You waited by the mattress under streetlight heat.

Back to the spot my morphine cold-blood meat.
Ground sorrow-soaked- is this how you first knew
I make my arrhythmia mimic cricket feet?
You waited by the mattress under streetlight heat.


Lana Hanson was an active member of the now defunct 5/5+ poetry workshop that helped many Las Vegas poets propel their careers. Her work has been featured or upcoming in Desert Companion,  HyperTexts, and an upcoming anthology put together by Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson. Born in Flint, MI, Lana Hanson now lives in Las Vegas, NV, with her husband, two sons, 14 and 17, three cats, and one dog.