Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2017  Vol. 16 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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October Chorus

Were sisters. Were bound
by blood, muscle, & face shape.

Were tethered to a couch,
cushion-sunk. Were ears forced

open to hear what passes
for confession, the sinner too weak

to speak it, the sinned against
left to break words over our bent heads.

Were fettered & feral, foaming
at rose-red lips. Were thorny,

pricklebush armor, piercing
fabric & skin. Were thrash, howl,

claw, eyes narrowed, zeroed in
on the kill. Were held in place, unsated,

bled to dry, deflated girl-shells.  

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