Vorgeben

     I’m tired of being fucking reasonable Of having to be calm, cool, collected I want to be angry. I want to be mad. I want to claim my birthright. Hysteric. It has been calling to me for the longest Through the ages from mitochondrial eve Adam probably called her a bitch too. I’m […]

Medusa Smile

laughing babies laugh insane when they see their mother’s pain thy father wanes laughing babies will never be the same This poem was written in response to the prompt for a family portrait poem. The picture I immediately thought of when getting to write was a picture of my mother and I. I am laughing and […]

XXV

*Author’s Note: Poem originally appeared on AllPoetry.com   Penny for your thoughts Quarter for your crisis No, my daughter wasn’t kidnapped by ISIS   She’s insane you see She’s lost her memory She won’t get help She fucking hates me   She thinks I took her baby What left of it there was She thinks […]

Sweet Sixteen

  *Author’s Note: Poem originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Spectra, the literary magazine of Louisiana State University at Shreveport Sweet sixteen What a fucking joke.   That slimy pink cake being stuffed down my throat.   One for the money. Two for the show.   One more breath and I’ll choke. Dragged […]

Nightlight

I worshipped the light I burned for him The fire in me bright What is the night What is it, but the light? Reflected? I ran from the night I cowered and ran Towards the light What is the light? But the fire burning Bright?