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Corrine De Winter has been a freelance writer for about 19 years. Her work has been published in over 600 journals, books and magazines including New York Quarterly, The Writer, Space & Time, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Other Side, Yankee, Prisoners of the Night Poet's Market 92-99, and others. Her work has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize and most recently for The Rhysling Award.


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Sub Rosa

by Corrine De Winter

You believed I wanted
To feel you inside me,
To take you in
Like a serpent
Swallowing a rat.
You believed I would hold
Your head between my thighs --
Lose my mind
To ecstasy, for 7 seconds
Think you were God.

The truth is
I stayed awake 129 days and nights
Imagining your face and hands,
My arms full of roses,
My bed red with roses,
My mouth a rose in bloom,
The whole room sub rosa
With every thorn still intact.