Cadmium Woman, by Alice Hill-Woods

Sunday pushes through the rosy mouth of summer,
as we lie on a net of hours to savour before the coming week.
The cadmium walls are a leonine reflection of her
tangled, mahogany halation.

At nine-oh-three in June, this room holds with open palms
the deep gold of sunlight,
so warm that our blue cotton sheets lie
discarded beneath the asymmetry of her form.
What a sight to breathe, and all her scent to see,
a moment caught in absent time.

The stirring of us begins with
the carnal husk of morning laughter,
and a feeling unfurls and tightens above my hips,
an unruly marigold suffocating the milk of my ribs.
She holds me with wild, turmeric eyes and
reclines.

Molten folds the opposite of dusk, and
supple nerves glow translucent
with the hum of lust.
I rise, to make the morning roast, and feel awakened by her image;
divine, and soft with sleep,
she basks in the glory of dawn.

 

Alice Hill-Woods is an English Literature student at the University of Glasgow. Her poem ‘Cadmium Woman’ is inspired by Patrick George’s painting, ‘Interior: Nude on a Bed’ (1976). Alice describes her poem as a creative application of persistent sexuality, transcending the traditional male gaze and turning it into something loving, something mutual. She intended it to be full of the fierceness of a woman loving a woman, catching that sleepy, gorgeous pose before coffee, work, reality, commitments. 

Artwork by Alice Hill-Woods 

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