Confronting Something Internal Within ~I failed to hear the heart that was beating alone/ on the naked ride home. – Jackson Browne, “The Naked Ride Home” I am the naked ghost crone who has slipped ethereally into your nights among women’s bodies—I have heard you moan. Again, again, I have erotically cast the rune bones— Marianne, Pamela, a chick named Connie flamed bright through me for I am the naked ghost crone. Feeling your lips, your fingertips, your feathers, your stones, feeling Nico, Janice, Laura, Daryl you slid into—o, tight! Among your lovers’ bodies I have heard you moan. Sensuously holding you in my power cone, inhabiting Joni, Phyllis, Lynne with love’s second sight, I am your naked ghost crone. I have lured you tenderly to desire’s warm home, worshipped, worshipping—with heat, touch, good, right— when among women’s bodies I have heard you moan. Then is the hour I write the poem your song has quickened in the light. I am the naked ghost crone among those women’s bodies— I have heard you moan.
Karla Linn Merrifield has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the 2019 full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. In early 2021, her Half a World of Kisses will be published by Truth Serum Press (Australia) under its new Lindauer Poets imprint. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars; the book is slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).