Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 16 • Winter 2005 • Poetry

Origins of Wicked Love

Adam Seth Rosen

Was it the unapologetic magic
of broomstick flight?
Or the seductive sheer
of a dark cape
defying the wind's

I was too shocked
to be scared
the first time I met you
in my living room.

With skin as emerald as a city,
I thought it very
that bad witches
are supposed to be ugly.

As October neared,
my father encouraged me
to be someone else
for my very first

I didn't realize boys
were not supposed
to dye their skin
with diluted food

or gallop door to door
with a plastic broom
protruding between
skinny thighs.

Dad's warning went unheeded.

I didn't understand
why the old ladies
kept calling me a pretty girl
when filling my bag
with old lady

Before I could eat it
Mom insisted on capturing
for the photo album

the innocent
of my own
wicked beauty.

Adam Rosen is a twenty-something composer, performer, and writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His essay "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Faygelah" was featured in the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer. His poem "Rhapsody In The Key Of Whitman" was a runner-up in the 2005 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. Adam is working on his first poetry collection.

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