Caravaggio in the Underworld

Caravaggio in the Underworld

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i. my darling, this night
and your mouth soft ochre
under the tallow
that wakes us –
where we taste salted-wine,
sea-grass,
and I pull the sea’s black reach
from under your
skin – sea witch,
your squall of dark pearls
undone, your hair
a black furlong.
And I give
you sea-flowers,
relics – a daub of light
over the fall
of your thighs –
your dress
wet with saltwater,
come close,
my darling – closer to the fire.


 

Davina Allison

Davina Allison's poems have been published in numerous literary and online journals in Australia, America, and the UK, including The Australian Poetry Journal, Poetry Scotland, The Lampeter Review, ABC Religion & Ethics, And Other Poems, Eureka Street, Ruminate, Dappled Things, Eremos, Faith and Theology, and The Glasgow Review Of Books. Her poem "Mary In The Desert" was shortlisted for the 2012 Janet McCabe poetry prize.

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