We Might Be Monsters
Ruth Williams

We Might Be Monsters

In Billings, antelope nibbled the grass,
petite ballerinas bowed to a bar.
Their origami limbs held
the poise of tight creases,
a row of knees un-sprung.

When you pulled the wheel toward them
the car swerved and you laughed,
not cruelly, but

I was happy when they moved away.
A turn of heads, simultaneous;
a full-hand slap, a snap—

Like beige coats
gaining momentum, their bodies
a blare of stoppered yells
set careening over the grass.

What did you want from them?
The feel of blood in slender veins,
a flare of pulses that would quicken
under your firm palm?

Then, I’ll give you this:
when they leapt through the fields
it was me who wanted to unravel
like a streamer
tethered to their legs.

To show you I too know how
to cock my body, fold my limbs
in a graceful arch

like these animals
who drape themselves
over gravity

to lure it, to trick it
into letting them bend
so far away from us.

Ruth Williams

is the author of Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Jubilat, Cutbank, Third Coast, Fourteen Hills, and Faultline, among other journals. She is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College.