"Nocturne" by Karen Pierce Gonzalez

I pose, arms in the air, hands haloing the moon.

You draw star maps on my body

unlike the charts you sketch in your closet:

red crater rings

blue dust basins

silver spiked ridges.

You outline my signs - sun, rising, mid-heaven:

Capricorn climbs one calf

Leo’s tail wraps around a thigh

Pisces splashes in the crook of my neck

This route carries my heart closer to yours.

Two left feet, you stumble sideways.

A note from the author: Forthcoming chapbooks: True North (Origami Poetry Project), Coyote in the basket of my ribs (Alabaster Leaves).