The Third Face Stephanie Smith Poetry

local_library The Third Face

by Stephanie Smith

Published in Issue No. 186 ~ November, 2012

She stalks the night

with two facades:

One side a wolf

The other the ghost

of a hanged woman

from the Salem days

 

She pretends

she can’t be seen

 

She steals the skins

of wealthy men

Clean babies from

their bassinets

 

She works her magic

in the greasy air,

barks at the moon

as the stars align

Its face reflected

in her crystal eyes

 

She drops down on all fours

and sheds her skin,

She tears off her mask

and begins again

 

 

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Stephanie Smith's debut poetry collection, "Dreams of Dali", is available from Flutter Press. Her work has appeared in such publications as STRONG VERSE, RED RIVER REVIEW, FORGE, POETRY QUARTERLY, and THIRD WEDNESDAY. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.