B Y K A T H L E E N R A D I G A N
Kathleen Radigan is a currently a senior at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poets.Org, The Adroit Journal, Softblow, The Harpoon Review, Public Pool, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, PANK Blog, and several others.
Before you knock me up, let me birth fistfuls of gold moths.
Water-soft snakes. Let ants dance out my mouth onto the patio.
I’m only fourteen I haven’t felt a lot. I want sisters who are lizards.
Please, for a week, let me sprout translucent frog skin.
Peer inside my belly full of animals: a veritable circus,
three thousand evolutionary years.
I’ll die a good virgin. I’ll lie on Him when it rains inside for years.
I’ll lick his wounds, lock my knees, shelter Him in sturdy spine.
Prophets say he’s destined for a salt-streaked grave.
I’ll water his bones with tears. But first I want gardens.
Moony daughters whose braces collect sun.
A pool of Your saliva as an emblem.
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