Archive for June 29, 2013

Poem/sugar-gem girls

Posted: June 29, 2013 in Fly-By-Night
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under the sun there are girls who wear

their hearts on wrists like confetti chains,

red and flaking away like stars;


as children they gave us


candy bracelets, necklaces, and we

would beautify ourselves in sweetness,

eat those sugar-gems, those jewels


until the hard enamel of girlhood cracked

our teeth like tortoiseshell, biting

down on the moon, our wrists


grown fat with blood, as pale or dark

as areolas under the harsh white light

of boys’ eyes, blinding as car headlamps;


we were does, our unantlered heads

lowered for combat, raw velvet scraped

into bleeding, butting against those sharp tines

those white knives, and we


would buckle at the knees, we would

string ourselves out on candy-wires,

our skin embossed


with eat me, drink me down, until

one by one,

they devoured


our sugar-gem selves; until

our empty, naked heartstrings bled


like cavities.