Under the Covers

 

Under the Covers

 

Pentecost
you say we aren’t like
those other christians

 

just
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

Renewal

 

Renewal

 

As our children are off running around the indoor playground we have sought refuge in, I disclose to my friend that I have never gardened before. With our new house and spring approaching I ask for some tips on what to do about all the empty beds in our backyard. After an appraising look she replies, “Don’t buy anything you can easily kill.”

 

couples counseling
we circle back
to the beginning

Human/Kind Journal Issue 1.5

at first sight

 

at first sight

 

conversion
the love
I could never have

 

confessing
every sin
first date

 

engagement photos
only our feet
touch

 

wedding night
I pretend
he’s my first

 

role-play
I perfect
submission

 

finally winning
God’s approval
first pregnancy

 

pastor’s wife
my first name
forgotten

 

our daughter’s smile
you tell me
you never believed

 

new haircut
shedding
my fundamentalism

 

all that’s left
the rings
we no longer wear

 

#FemkuMag Issue 11

 

last pregnancy…

 

last pregnancy
I wish
I’d known

 

swapping stories
I give her
the best mug

 

fool’s spring
the last time
it was the last time

 


 

back to back shifts

 

i never could keep up
with your demands

 

and as your hand
slid lower
i never stopped you

 


 

Temporarily Lost

I want to be so much more than a mother. But now I will always be a mother and it will never let me go.

open fields
the last note
held in static

 

#FemkuMag 10