Marianne Tefft is a poet, lyricist, Montessori teacher and voiceover reader on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Her poems appear in Where I See the Sun (House of Nehesi, 2013) and Captured by Corona (Beyond Kultura, 2020) and many online anthologies, including Open Skies Poetry, The Stars & the Moon in the Evening Sky and Scarlet Dragonfly Journal. In the coming months, her work is to appear in Zooanthology (Sweetycat Press), Panoplyzine and Syncopation. You can listen as she reads her work on YouTube (Marianne Tefft) and find her on Facebook (Marianne Tefft – Poet & Wordsmith). Her first poetry collection is Full Moon Fire (Tellwell Talent, 2022).
You begged me To tattoo your name Across my heart So I would never forget you When I refused With one stroke Across my throat You etched your rage Into that same heart Hands thighs and ankles You left me Disfigured morsel of flesh To the pit bulls Behind the morgue Where my rust-red fingers Splayed your name Across the door of a hearse You thought bore my initials So they would not forget you You drove my car Across the border While my knees and elbows frayed As they ground against asphalt Strewn with once-sequined dreams To the hospital Across the grassy median So you will never forget The morning I Your daughter’s mother Refused to die
They were surely God’s will Those champagne afternoons in beds of roses Whose flattened petals now tumble From the pages of Ferlinghetti I had never been a believer But she whose name translates precisely Made me entertain the foreign notion Of divine intervention With long brown hair that strove toward her waist Long dark lashes that grazed my skin so gratefully Undeterred perhaps inspired By our initial lack of a mutual tongue Her long browned legs Embraced her American Dream And not a word was lost in translation