Day 8: Snake


Lilith (1892) by John Collier in Southport Atkinson Art Gallery




Scales drape you, you are green

Coiled weight on your shoulders

You’ve carried this stirring burden

A forked tongue in your mouth


Feel the rough paper of a body

Wound round your waist.

Words and wounds and the wrap

Of a long muscle from ankle


To hip, its head rests by your lips

It whispers your name to you,

You’ve been waiting to hear it hiss

Tail flicked over your shoulder


Into your palm, the grapes you’ve pulled

From the vine that surrounds you.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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One comment on “Day 8: Snake
  1. […] to write a Lilith conversation, some of which I turned into an ekphratic  sonnet which you can see here. The resulting words and Sophie’s music she composed to fit the poem, were then performed at […]

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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