Julia Rose Lewis: two poems

Hieratic 20

Audrey Hepburn is
playing twister with a chameleon.
This is not fair play, my lady,
right hand to red a minor god reads from where the needle stops,
and Audrey puts on a red leather glove.
The red circles are crepuscular
suns running across six of the universes.
Audrey needs the gloves to handle the sun.
The twenty four circles are not necessarily from the same universes.
The blue circles are
the oceans across six of the universes.
A chameleon prays, ‘let me tell you
of the blue light of labradorite in your eyes, even that night.’
Audrey smiles, and lifts her left hand to give a chameleon a pat
before resting on the blue circle.
Left foot to yellow is a gift
from the citrus god to remind
a chameleon of the all the lemons trees waiting for their old world lizard to return.
This makes a chameleon smile.
The yellow circles are
the days across six of the universes.
The needle sticks on right foot green, once for Audrey, once for a chameleon.
Green is under the skin, the yellow
upper layer of the chromophores plus
the blue lower layer of the chromophores plus the temperature.
A chameleon tries to feel green and turns beautiful.
Audrey is already
beautiful trying to reach the green.
What is the matter: in the multiverse
a chameleon has won a game of twister with Audrey Hepburn.

Gift from the Citrus God

lemon on lemon
on citrus tower ringing at a place: treasure
I want to feed a chameleon a lemon. The anatomy of a chameleon’s tongue is imitating the arm of a boxer. Imagine eyes without corners. A chameleon can see visible and ultraviolet light and the latter seems to stimulate them to bask and to feed. So let a chameleon rotate its eyes to see its tail turn into lemon peel. I want to watch a chameleon’s head turn light yellow and white and bright yellow, to watch the wave move down its londonite body. Chameleons can get parasites including the protozoans that cause sleeping sickness and malaria. Let me be an epiphyte not a parasite. I want to feed a chameleon a lemon slice by slice by hell by highly longing tongue. All lemons are bound to fall down, some lemons are better to feed a chameleon.


Julia Rose Lewis is the author of Exhalation Halves Lambda (Finishing Line Press 2017) Phenomenology of the Feral (Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2017), co-author of Strays (Haverthorn Press 2017). Her short book How to Hypnotize a Lobster is forthcoming with Fathom Books.  

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