My circumflex
my sultry sex
my tilted bit of temptress text

the apex where my thighs connect
the annex where you whisper

a tempest’s wave
a secret cave
a “v” up-ended and enslaved

the parasol of lexicons
the phonetician’s mistress

My un-halo hovers
makes your long “o”
tauter hotter

a parachute a pair of wings
a levitator’s daughter

Laurie Koensgen is a poet and educator living in Ottawa, Canada. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Barren Magazine, Juniper: A Poetry Journal, Kissing Dynamite, Black Bough Poetry, Burning House Press, Nightingale & Sparrow, Mookychick, The New Quarterly, Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere in North America and the UK. Laurie is a founding member of the Ruby Tuesday Writing Group. Her latest chapbook, Blue Moon / Orange Begonias, is with Rose Garden Press.