Toti O’Brien – 1 poem



Blue-haired sorceress

drapes around sleeping bodies

naked Emperor’s clothes

with fingers like spider webs

trapping shadows

head tilted backwards.

Clients’ waists

shrink under her touch

hips dance, come alive

breasts protrude and loins arch

legs and thighs stretch thin

arms curve while self-conscious

hands strike a pose.

Fingernails emanate

discreet lunar glare

or else sparkles of gold

accordingly to apparel.

Toes are pointed while

heels imperceptibly

lift as she buckles a belt

ties a scarf, pinches a dart

dents a cleavage

pins a rose or a brooch

pulls a hat slightly

sideways, her hands

faster than desert wind

lifting whirlpools

of impalpable sand.

Her eyes are implacable.

Painted mirrors

stage curtains that-have-seen-it-all

choking wishes and fears

within folds of velvet

wells of shameless deception

chilly caverns

of complicitous lies.




Toti O’Brien is the Italian Accordionist with the Irish Last Name. She was born in Rome then moved to Los Angeles, where she makes a living as a self-employed artist, performing musician and professional dancer. Her work has most recently appeared in Aji Magazine, The Spectacle, Goldman Review, and Poeticdiversity.

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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