Under the Covers


Under the Covers


you say we aren’t like
those other christians


one of the girls
purity ring


if not me
then someone else
pastor’s erection


the weight of his hand
as he pushes me down
Alpha and Omega


end times
all I need
to say yes



a stumbling block
for the pastor’s wife
my strapless dress


women’s retreat
not looking away
as we undress


hidden bruises
only my mouth needed
for the Eucharist


getting what
I deserve
cervical cancer


call for salvation
I raise my hand again
and again


Bleached Butterfly – Issue One

morning glories…


the child
we didn’t plan – 
morning glories


spring equinox
too pregnant to sit
too pregnant to stand


green again
her pigtails
become the sky


Akitsu Quarterly – Summer 2019

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