7:4: “Incandescent Lady”, by G.O. Clark

7:4: “Incandescent Lady”, by G.O. Clark

Ms. Monowatt
has a skirt made of
soft-white sixty watt bulbs,
pierced ears adorned with
seven watt stars, and
fluorescent locks of
dark, neon hair.

She holds two
3-way bulbs in her
outstretched hands, each
brightness setting a beacon
signaling one of her ever
changing moods.

Like a shapely,
sensual light house,
she projects her desire—
quiet intimacy, routine sex,
hot unfettered passion—
which one can interpret
as an open invitation,
or a warning.

She always stands
out in a crowd, sheds
light upon one’s darkest
thoughts, and warms the
coldest corners of a
monastic cell.

One need not
plug her in, for her
power generates from
within, from the very heart
of her being—the distant
opposite of tunnel’s-end
white light.


G. O. Clark has been publishing his poetry, short stories, and book reviews since 1979. His writing of late has appeared in Talebones, Asimov’s, Tales of the Talisman, Star*Line, and many others. He’s the author of seven chapbooks of poetry, the two most recent, 25 Cent Rocket to the Stars and Mortician’s Tea, due out soon. Working 8 to 5 in a library keeps him in relative comfort, and even leaves enough left over each month to feed his cat.

The inspiration for Incandescent Lady came from staring at an old advertising poster. It’s not a totally literal interpretation, but it is true to the aging eye of this beholder. Here’s a link to the actual picture.



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