Life Cycle

Sunday, April 16, 2023

From a bruised womb

to runaway birth

to hymnals bleeding out

to mortification of stray bikini hair in a middle school locker room

to handing out fliers of a party you’re not invited to

to choking on milk and being spit on by a slaughterhouse

to being told a dog you never knew isn’t going to make it

to rolling around your science teacher’s speech in your mouth,

when he’s long dead,

to cobwebs in your hair.

Featured in the ColorStory:Art 2023 exhibit. My poetry was displayed alongside Fletcher Stafford's painting (below), who drew inspiration from my work to create his piece. His mother is included in his painting.

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