Misunderstood

Collage by Sasha Gaynor / Poem by Madi King

 Sasha Gaynor. "Misunderstood." Collage. 26 x 14 cm. 2018.

Sasha Gaynor. "Misunderstood." Collage. 26 x 14 cm. 2018.

My Beloved and I intertwine like serpents

Coiling in the dirt

Or under a tree

Slithering spines sharing secrets and sunbeams

 

Hoping not to be seen

By Those who do not understand

The Pleasures

Of having serpents for bones

 

Beloved of mine,

Believed to be the bestower of Sin

Scales writhing beneath your skin

 

Misunderstood, I ask,

Where have you been?

Did God really say,

‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’

 

— Madi King