Leave it to Samson
Who else would seek out the body
of an old battle, lion foe, & find
entwined in the bone cage a hive of new,
heart & lungs now floor to honey-
filled storage rooms, waxen—before
his downfall & blindness, & blindness
the strength needed to reach
through sun-faded fur into a rotting,
fetid carcass. But I do this, too—
thrust both hands in deep, desperate
for something sweet in the remains.
MICHELE PARKER RANDALL is the author of Museum of Everyday Life (Kelsay Books, 2015). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere.