She was desperate to find beauty
where there was none –
The mountain lion is a private creature
detritus of the modern age,
we long gave up on its preservation
in the American terrain.
Marilyn sang a dirge with great sadness
for the lone cat. The chanteuse is all things:
deeply personal and dead in the armory,
strangled by some pursuit of happiness.
Her charm hunts us still/ugly
lovers of the golden age.
Nathalia Perozo is a Chilean born poet and LGBT advocate. She received her MFA from The New School, and her BA in Comparative Literature from Queens College. Nathalia lives in New York City.