On Dali's Venus de Milo with Drawers
Drawers are more sensual than skin,
more seductive than a breast, plexus,
stomach or knee, more penetrating
than your third eye. The constant
open and close, the thrust and pull,
the potential birth of silver or brushes,
hollow want or a taste of cedar and silk,
you beckon for these. The continuous
gift of disarmed giving, though empty,
the contrast of texture, grain and felt,
brass and plaster, your somber grin
for whoever opens you again and again.
Gregory Stapp received his BA from the University of Oklahoma and is currently an MFA student at Queens University of Charlotte. His poems have appeared in qarrtsiluni, Eunoia Review, Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine, "ditch," the Gutters and Alleyways anthology, and Limehawk Journal, and he is the Poetry Editor for Qu: a literary magazine.