KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 12: Summer 2019
Ekphrastic Poem: 97 words [R]
Visual Art: Painting [R]

You Think You Know Me

by Devon Balwit

You Think You Know Me, painting by Lorette C. Luzajic

You Think You Know Me
(Mixed-media painting, 12x12 inches, 2017)

Copyrighted © 2017 by Lorette C. Luzajic. All rights reserved.

arithmetical & regular. You think I won’t 
	get up to things in the dark, 

too fearful to surprise anyone, even 
	myself. When you drop me, 

doll-like, you imagine I won’t rise up 
	& stalk you where your head 

rests on its pillow, that I won’t take 
	a box-cutter trophy, some part 

easily reached. You think me 
	laughable & so turn away 

from your drink where it beckons 
	for what you’d never 

consider. A bridge knows by weight 
	all that cross its spans,

still it gasps at the final fracture 
	that ruins it.

—Published previously in Risk Being / Complicated: Poems by Devon Balwit, Inspired by the Collage Art of Lorette C. Luzajic (CreateSpace, January 2018); poem and painting are reproduced here with permissions from both the poet and the artist.

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