My Lady is most exciting on top.
Silently she waits for the excitement to release its shiny spring
which I have cocked beneath her.
She hardly notices when it springs but I notice.

My Lady does not send you a get-well card
when you lose all your friends in a fire.
But if you sleep with me, I will show you her things.

When my Lady awakens, she is surprised to find
freezer bags of her things labeled MY LADY
in place of our sleeping bodies.




Ashley Colley‘s poems and poetry reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Tripwire, Drunken Boat, Smoking Glue Gun, Catch Up, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently a PhD student at the University of Denver.