A Contemporary Beauty

Show me something hard, round, and raw—

like thick thighs and lipstick lines

and voices quivering beneath the name of God


Faces aglow with neon lights, drawn

taught, terrible, and beautiful into floating smiles

that make the daisy people swing


Show me sequined skirts ripping holes in tights

drag queen walks that stomp, click, and flicker

long legs that glow and entangle in their like

Show me a beating heart against gentle breasts:

and you have shown me God.

-Lu Terlikowski