by Christina Lloyd

                            After Pelvis IV, by Georgia O’Keeffe

Whether wing or arch or crest,
I cannot make out which part
you tipped to the light
to capture the desert day moon
in a blue basin.

Smudging dried sagebrush
or ash over the moon,
you laid bare bone’s heft.

Viewers who jawed away
about your gruesome trophies
did not witness this moon-marble 
dissolve in a blue gas flame.


Born in Hong Kong and raised in Manila and San Francisco, Christina Lloyd holds a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University. Her debut collection, Women Twice Removed, is forthcoming from Sixteen Rivers Press.

Image: aziz ayad

Image description: a fluffy white cloud in a blue sky.