Dogstar Men

August 15, 2010

Original

Rhysling Award nominee

C. S. E. Cooney is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium). She is the author of the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and a poetry collection called How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes which features her Rhysling Award-winning poem “The Sea King’s Second Bride.” Her short fiction and poetry can be found at Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Clockwork Phoenix 3 & 5, and The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and elsewhere.

All the men I might have loved
Have gone to Sirius

Sirius, the Dogstar
The Dreadstar of Summer
That Cranberry Bog, that Red Lamp District
Promising Scarlet Women, Scarlet Waves of Grain
A Wine-Stained Sea

My lovely men are gone
Leaving their braids behind them

They have left their braids
But have taken the veins of their wrists
Their bony faces and transparent fingers
Their cigarettes
Even the moist taunt of their throats
They have stolen away
Forsaking everything
To be happy on Sirius

O Sirius, your houses are made
Of bougainvillea leaves
Your rain is pink and balsamic
There is bloodsoup to eat, and dragons
And everyone is a surgeon

Like Magellan before them
My men have circumnavigated mystery
Without me

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© C.S.E. Cooney

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1 Comment

  1. Andrew Blackman

    What a beautiful, poignant poem. I love the image of the braids left behind in search of the pink/red happiness on faraway Sirius.

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