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'Carry the Light' Excerpt: Eating Your Young

In this Belmont writer's poem, she talks about the bond between mother and baby, in all its light-filled love and unspoken darkness. "Carry the Light" is an anthology of stories, poems and essays that were submitted for the county fair's literary contest.

Editor's Note: For the first time in the history of the San Mateo County Fair, a 300-page anthology has been published that includes more than 100 stories, poems and essays from writers who submitted award-winning work for the fair's literary contest. The idea was the brainchild of Bardi Rosman Koodrin, a San Bruno resident who runs the fair's literary contest, and the anthology, titled "Carry the Light," features work from many Peninsula writers.

This poem, which appears in the San Mateo County Fair anthology Carry the Light, is a playful Villanelle about the bond between mother and baby, in all its light-filled love and unspoken darkness.

From p. 45, "Eating Your Young"

Some animals eat their young alive

Pure. Full of new life force

Who wouldn’t want to imbibe?

 

Home, finally I have arrived

When Sophie kisses me on the lips

Some animals eat their young alive

 

The vampire drinks to survive

Taste that energy, feel it pulse the body

Who wouldn’t want to imbibe?

 

I squeeze her tight, so tight she cries

I release but want to crush again, devour her as

Some animals eat their young alive

 

But really she is the vampire, I surmise

Sucking the life force out of my breasts, my body

Who wouldn’t want to imbibe?

 

Taking me in, milk in. Transforming she writhes

A new body—something, someone pure

Some animals eat their young alive

Who wouldn’t want to imbibe?

Excerpted from "Carry the Light" with the permission of Sand Hill Review Press, the publisher. The book is available for purchase for $12 on Amazon.com.

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Lisa Meltzer Penn is a Belmont resident. For more information about Penn and her work, visit www.lisameltzerpenn.com.

Bardi Rosman Koodrin June 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I can't tell you how proud I am of this literary anthology. Carry the Light is a dream come true, and I thank each and every one of the writers who contributed to our first ever collection of literary submissions to the San Mateo County Fair. The publisher, Tory Hartmann of Sand Hill Review Press, deserves a standing ovation for the vast amount of time and effort that went into compiling and formatting over 100 stories in just a few short weeks. Amazing! I hope everyone enjoys these excerpts; they range from a seafaring journey to launching chickens in space and everything in between. You just might be inspired to submit your own story to the 2013 San Mateo County Fair literary contests. After all, everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? Bardi Rosman Koodrin Literary Director of the Fine Arts Galleria San Mateo County Fair

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