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Lilith


She could not submit, had she wished to—

those straddled limbs felt like bars


and she slid through them. Out in the desert

where sand meets dark in a clash of arms,


dreams slip through her hands— salamanders

enveloped by gritty night. Alone,


no mate to ease down hard spine ridges

which uncurl from a hissing coil, she prays


perfection will sustain with each new game

she plays, but it never does. Sameness clings


limpet to the rock of each experience

      the ebb-tide leaves exposed. She hunts appetite.



Olivia Byard




Originally published in The Independent, and collected in From a Benediction 1997. Nominated for the Forward best first collection prize 1998, Selected for The Wilding Eye 2015.