Rebecca Lu Kiernan
V3:E11 November, 2001


I walk the docks without him
it is much like swimming without an arm
like getting your fin caught in a hook
and having to choose between being
whole or caught, free or torn.
Breaking free is instinct
no matter how much damage,
regardless of how large a portion
of the self
must be left behind.
I must have seen the Gulf of Mexico before,
this slow gray ship has surely crossed me.
I stumble on, starting to like
the taste of my own blood.
I walk the docks without him
as if I were of this world.

Rebecca Lu Kiernan
Date of Birth: June 21,1963
Publications: Ms. Magazine, Gargoyle, Longshot, New Works Review, Southern Ocean Review, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, 2River View, Naked Poetry, North American Review, etc.
Chapbook: Sex With Trees And Other Things Equally Responsive
Awards: Nominated For The General Electric Award For Writers
Editor of: Gecko

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