Werewolf And Birdman Hallucinations
stares across the credenza,
at Gollum-grinning Birdman.
Their dark-alloy shapes
obey shifting slices of sunlight,
attaining a dull, oil-rubbed thud
that mirrors the weathered skin
of the Nagaland artisan who fired them, by hand,
and bartered his wares,
with a Mandalay pharmacist,
to attain vaccines and antibiotics
for his tribal-headhunter village.
Werewolf and Birdman
feverishly await further permutations.
Sheri Vandermolen has served, for fifteen years, as editor in chief of Time Being Books, an independent publishing company based in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated summa cum laude, in 1990, and relocated to Bangalore, India, in 2008, where she explored for six years, via camera and pen (including at the Maha Kumbh Mela). Her verse pieces have been published in various international literary journals, including Ashvamegh, Camel Saloon, Contemporary Literary Review India, Earthen Lamp Journal, Muse India, Jersey Devil Press, Papercuts, Taj Mahal Review, and Verse-Virtual. Her work is also comprised in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: An International Anthology on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women.