Body Parts | Shannon Phillips
Shannon Phillips earned her MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her first chapbook, My Favorite Mistake, is available from Arroyo Seco Press. After teaching ESL for 3 years, she decided to study Arabic and is currently pursuing her goal of working as a translator. She is also the founding editor of Picture Show Press and Carnival, an online poetry magazine.
Failing at English
I want to describe her legs as lusty,
as in: inspires my lust, but I can’t.
Lusty is a state, not to be projected
on legs or hair or a look.
It also means robust:
She has robust legs that are lust-worthy.
“I feel lustful” does not work for me, either.
The same is not true for sexy.
Her legs can be sexy, I can be sexy,
I can feel sexy and I can be inspired
to think of sex
by looking at her legs.