Issue 228, Spring 2019
after Nicole Sealey
o bitch. my good bitch. bitch my heart.
dream bitch. bitch my salve. bitch my order.
bitch my willowed stream. bitch my legend.
bitch like a door. your name means open
in the language of my getting by. bitch sesame.
let’s get together & paint our faces the color
of our mothers if our mothers were sad men
soft only in bad lights. let’s swirl the deep grape
& coffee pencils until we look like odd planets
on our way to looking like the daughters
we secretly were. caked & cakes hairy
just short of grace. we look terrible
when we’re the most beautiful girls in the world.
bitch my world. bitch my brother. bitch my rich trust.
i’ll miss you most when they kill us.