Davina Allison – Caravaggio in the Underworld

daDavina Allison is a poet whose work has appeared in numerous literary and online journals including The Lampeter Review, Poetry Scotland, The Glasgow Review of Books, Eremos, Dappled Things, Writ Poetry Review, The Australian Poetry Journal, The Literateur, and Eureka Street. Her poems have also been published on the ABC Religion & Ethics site as Editor’s Choice, the And Other Poems blog, as well as featured on the online journal – Altar-work.
She has a degree in Classics and a Masters in Applied Linguistics with Honours. Davina also recently completed her PhD in Text Linguistics.


Caravaggio in the Underworld

i. my darling, this night
and your mouth soft ochre
under the tallow
that wakes us –
where we taste salted-wine,
sea-grass,
and I pull the sea’s black reach
from under your
skin – sea witch,
your squall of dark pearls
undone, your hair
a black furlong.
And I give
you sea-flowers,
relics – a daub of light
over the fall
of your thighs –
your dress
wet with saltwater,
come close,
my darling – closer to the fire.

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