​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

Kelly Cressio-Moeller’s poetry can be seen at Boxcar Poetry Review, burntdistrict, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Poet Lore, Rattle, Southern Humanities Review, THRUSH, and ZYZZYVA among others. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. She is an Associate Editor at Glass Lyre Press. Visit her website at www.kellycressiomoeller.com .

                  K E L L Y   C R E S S I O - M O E L L E R

​V I V A   L A   V I D A


I will look down on you from all the corners of the earth.
                                                                                               ~ Frida Kahlo

 

We keep you close in  
            silver, jade, and coral –
around wrists, the base 

of throats, where pulses 
           rush under your brazen gaze. 
You hang from our lobes –

whispering reminders to speak with
           truth’s switchblade tongue, a mouth-
ful of blood better than self-betrayal.

We slide your courage onto 
            fingers so when we stroke new lovers
the body’s yearning outshines 

white corsets and braced bones. 
           We cannot forget your stranded 
days in the bed of the Blue House,

your black hair wreathed with flowers,
           swept high into braids wild as vines.
Even in the slipping

away, you painted 
             VIVA LA VIDA 
in red oil across 

the sweet flesh
            of watermelon 
riddled with seeds.