Barbara Ann O'Leary
Location: Morgantown, IN
Pushlished In: Conspire, KotaPress Poetry Journal, Aesau
cut it off, all off. i say cut it off
short - very
to bristle against the palm of my hand,
to remind me i go against the grain.
skin breathes better this way.
take it down tight against the skull.
flesh exposed, stripped,
sleek, vibrant, cool to the touch.
hair follicles feed toxins.
from the roots of my head.
lop it off. watch it fall.
i grieve in stages. grief captured, captured.
grief scattered, sliding over waterfalls,
but cannot follow over water.
i flee across the water. safe.
ghosts canít follow over water.
i fall back in place,
starting again -- without.