Three Poems by Tom Holmes

Paleolithic Offering

She tilts her head
and eyes out of sight.

She draws her heels
to her buttocks.

She spreads her thighs
to triangulate entry.

He firmly approaches –
her eyes roll and peek.

The Rainbow

Before the practice of copulation,
rains fell on the vulva
and soaked into the womb.

If fertile, a snake rose
from the earth, arced through the sky,
and shed its multi-colored skins.

Sex and Violence

When a bull’s in heat
or mounting a cow, then strike,
strike both, dissect, eat,
then propitiate with paint
or a chorus of carvings.

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