Love Poem (with Superheroes) & The Woman with a Thousand Heads #16 | by Glen Armstrong

Love Poem (with Superheroes)
 
I will guard your beautiful neck
against mosquitos
and supervillains.
 
We will make love as if making
love is the only thing
preventing
 
a monstrous transformation.
(Consider the incredible
Hulk or Ghost Rider.)
 
Things glow, others spin, some
get bigger as we go.
I will travel by rail
 
and watch birds jumping
into morning’s yellow light
so you can take the motorcycle
 
to work.
Your beautiful knee boots
will keep it from burning
 
your legs.
We will see the photographs.
We will hear some
 
of what the strangers whisper.
While everyone else looks toward the sky,
we will slip away,
 
knowing both threat and salvation
lie elsewhere.

The Woman with a Thousand Heads #16
 
Action and tongue, death
and trees, jealousy and figurines
bought and sold on eBay,
indecision and pocket knife,
 
temperature and Christmas,
future and powder . . . Instead
of baring my soul to you,
this is just to say
 
that since we’ve been together
I notice everything paired
with everything else: stealth
and cantaloupe, daring and blow-
 
fish, song and dander, sweet
plums and Nikola Tesla.

Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at bethpeddle.com and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram

Glen Armstrong (he/him) holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. He has three current books of poems: Invisible Histories, The New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and The Cream City Review.