The Adirondack Review
I Want a Man

I want a man who shows his love by killing animals
and skinning them for me so I can wear their coarse fur
who brings me the bloody carcasses for cooking

so we can feast on the meat while he dandles me
on his knee or licks the juices from my fingers inch by inch
when what he really hungers for is me I want

a man who drowns out the delicate plea of my perfume
with his sweat and musk maybe a dab of dirt engine grease
or gunpowder to smudge over my smooth white cheek

when he reaches for me after working outside all day
I want a man who walks like rolling thunder a squall waiting
to happen who moves like dangerous weather

with a leather voice that never sings unless it’s for me
and makes me swear not to tell I want a man who knows his way
around a fusebox who bears his scars in broad silence

and swears his forever love to the military channel I want
a man who fears no evil save the wrath and tears of his woman
who would fight for my honor in a biker bar and never tell me about it



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COLLEEN S. HARRIS is a librarian and faculty member at North Carolina State University. To date, her poetry has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, descant, Free Verse, Bellowing Ark and Appalachian Heritage, among others. Her first full length collection, God in my Throat, will be published in 2009 by Bellowing Ark Press. In her free time, Colleen works on her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems