How Venus Was Discovered by Raquel Luciano
Venus is the second brightest natural object
in the night sky. When she saw her
for the first time, it became the brightest.
Until now, she had been forcing softness
to harden. Drawing X’s instead of O’s.
Letting dimmed sparks linger
a while. The taste of bad love burned her
tongue. She noticed her eyes first, deep
brown with a gentleness
hidden behind her irises. She moved down
to the silver ring laying on her nostril
like a plume of fire on the mantle of her
skin. She pressed her lips onto another woman’s
lips. Two goddesses of love and beauty.
Their planet ignited enough flames to scorch queer
into the wall. She painted her lover’s body
with fire. An intensity of pleasure
she didn’t know was possible. They were inventing
something secret, something
new, something only for them.
They hung the portrait on the wall next to the burned
letters and called it venusing.
Called it women
Raquel Luciano is a future educator and a student at the University of Central Florida. Her poems can be found in Anti-Heroin Chic and horse egg literary. She lives in Orlando with her girlfriend and their five crazy cats. She loves singing bad karaoke. Find her on Instagram @raq.poet.