Not all dwindling
is wind-done.
Tumor does it,
ticking on the trunk.
Mother does it,
ogling her son.
Anorexic Cupid,
not much wider
than a bone,
shoot yourself
before the swan drops,
before her head
is coiffed with water,
plant your quarrel
in her soul
and there be old
and minor.

Larissa Szporluk is the author of five books of poetry. Her most recent book, Traffic with Macbeth, was published by Tupelo Press in 2011. An associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University, she is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.