They cry to me from their golden cages, where letters are stamped out from their fingers. The stencilled out phrases rattle through the bars, so that they can no longer reach them. The letters spell ‘help,’ but their long-lashed eyes and downy hair makes me hate them. For I have small eyes, shrunk back in […]
Dusty screen door slams, grasshoppers at her lips, she ran, rusty nails in her soles, ghosts in the attic crept their hands on her thigh, she ran.
Her lips pucker up like a sour raspberry. She is sucking on cherries. She spits their oiled seeds into the dry dirt. Grinning with wild teeth, she chews. Spits. Chews, spits. Her tongue licks the salt off her red lips, and her soft brown eyes are glazed. “Becky—” She falls to the Earth and curls […]
Purple flowers come out of the green on either side of the dusty, narrow path. I stop, heaving a sigh, wiping sweat from my forehead, only to feel granules of dirt smear across my skin. They leave a stinging sensation—dirt, sweat, and a peeling sunburn. I close my eyes against the heat, and breathe in […]
Rotted maggots and glowering teeth grow from these books. They growl at me, twisted and deformed. I try to reach for the spine, but the teeth snarl, snapping and spitting at my fingertips. Something groans from inside the fireplace. I look at the flames to see them contorting into ghostly shapes–lilting sparks creeping out of […]
These are some excerpts from something I’ve been working on: * Behind the curtain, the light burns at the top of my head and makes my underarms sweat. I pull my skirt and top off and admire my pale, slim legs in the mirror. I slip into the black lace skirt, and a black lace […]
I make my way across the grass, and my golden coated dog wags her tail against my leg. I am barefoot, not going anywhere, and the light is just the perfect warmth. Purple flowers are scattered over the lawn like grape gumdrops. I lie in them and Sunflower joins me with a contented sigh. “Look!” […]