Carolyn Boll

Sweet Honey Husbandry

You sweet Sue
are truly the apple of my
no longer
roving eye

You sweet Sue
are truly the dance of my
life that has brought me
to you

You sweet Sue
are truly my mate my soul
my passage into
the beyond

You sweet Sue
are truly the honey
of my
hungry hand

for it is this hunger that set me
on this path towards you
and it is this hunger that
led me to know my own

and eating of the vine I
tasted testing for my truth
until that one drop told me
my truth was and is

Sweet honey husbandry
administering to our own home
and pleasure droplets of
dew and down and waking making
bread sweet breads or
herbal or spiced grains
of receptivity and reciprocity
an exchange and economy of

strokes and larder
femme and fodder
we compliment each other daily
upon our appearance
upon opening
our eyes

though in the night
we have travelled
together breathing our passages
open to far worlds

count me in count me in
we two a household embrace of rooms and mating

honey get the honey
so that I might lick you
one last time before tea

sweet honey husbandry
sitting down to talk
we still smell each others’
appetite completed

complimenting each other
as we sit down to talk
oh how we imagine this
nest castle honey combed
lattice might be

administered swallowed
drunk down from wee cups
tilted upwards our lips
telling all

You sweet Sue
and I dear me
agree to love honour
and feed each other
always with all the
best each of us has
to offer the other

You sweet Sue
and I dear me
will drink and flirt and
wait for our place at the mirror

to go out.

Carolyn Boll is from Montreal, Quebec, and the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts, and Quebec Arts et Lettres grants as an independent dance artist. Her love of movement, words and hybrid art, are at the centre of her work. She has collaborated with a variety of visual artists and performers resulting in shows and exhibitions in Austin, Vancouver, and Montreal. “An excerpt from backbone: the tao of the dictionary,” an experimental word collage, was published in Post: Nomadisme et Trafic des Cultures, and presented at Studio XX, Montreal’s art and technology salon for women. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers mentorship program, she worked with Karen Connelly on her novel based on her childhood as a tomboy ballerina. Her first published poem, Terpsichore Two-step (I love to foxtrot with you) appears in the Muse Issue of Lavender Review. She lives in the village of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, with her wife, Sue.