How I Want to Be Wanted
That man who painted me nude in his Paris studio
and later seduced me on a velvet divan--
he was no kind of match for his lions and snakes.
I missed being ravished by wildness.
In the end, I dreamed myself back
to the rain forest, to those tropical snakes
so inflamed by my beauty they had to be soothed
by a flute player while they writhed into shapes
that mimicked my hips, my breasts and my thighs.
That’s how I want to be wanted--
with the type of desire the lions had for my throat.
Laura Ann Reed
Laura Ann Reed, a native of Berkeley, California, was a dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to becoming the Leadership Development Trainer at the San Francisco headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She and her husband now reside in Western Washington. Her work has been anthologized in How To Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, and has appeared in Blue Unicorn, Grey Sparrow, The Ekphrastic Review, Verse Virtual and other journals.
The Ekphrastic Review
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