Love Poem to My Therapist: A Poem by Carol Berg

This device is formally known as the MASTIF or Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility and is located in the Altitude Wind Tunnel. It was built at the Lewis Research Center, now John H. Glenn Research Center, and designed to train astronauts to regain control of a tumbling spacecraft. This sure looks like fun, huh?

Love Poem to My Therapist

I arrive naked to your office

and you tenderly unzip my skin


unpin my tightened clavicle

count all my ribs with your soft


fingers, follow my veins with your

tongue.  Inside myself, you find the crumbled


nest of lust and cup it in your hands,

find the speckled eggshells, cracked and scattered,


and you lay them carefully on your desk.

I worry for you when you explore my wrists, my


anger coiling there tangled within

tendons, taut shiny wires knotted like fists.


But as a focused fisherman at dawn on first

summer’s day you spin them into silky


filigreed threads, a corset to collect me when the sharp

words break over me in my dark alone.


Carol Berg’s poems are forthcoming or in DMQ Review, Sou’wester, The Journal, Spillway, Redactions, Radar Poetry, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Her Vena Amoris (Red Bird Chapbooks), is available and her chapbooks, Ophelia Unraveling  and The Ornithologist Poems, are both  available from Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes. She was a recipient of a finalist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She blogs here:

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