I’m petrified of forgetting the visage of my wife beaming at me on our wedding day, in front of celestial friends and family, after we said our vows. She wore a muslin dress and insisted on being bare foot; she longed to listen to the babbling brook that snaked through the wood; the location where we danced, drunk on mead. Jealousy is an aphrodisiac to the gods. My wife and I escaped a gang of lustful shepherds… (neither noticed the venomous serpent, coiled in a nook, by her lily-white feet).
by Aaron Lembo
Aaron Lembo’s debut poetry pamphlet It’s All Gone Don Juan was published by erbacce-press (2020). His short poetry film Birdcage was a finalist at Brighton Rocks International Film Festival (2021). In years gone by he taught English in China, Spain and Vietnam. Still teaching, he lives and works in England.
photo credit: Suzy Hazelwood