Girl with mouth of river bled dry. Girl whose first blood comes from choking back words too big for her mouth. Girl with
tightrope wrists and knife handles in her thighs. Girl like a wrecked car, rusted iron smile. Girl who swallows a sparrow
heart and spits out the feathers. Girl and her razor-rimmed eyes. Girl with knotted rope and a willow tree. Girl who isn’t
doing so well. Girl who uses your ribcage as a ladder to crawl into your throat. Girl who wrestles with your tongue. Girl for
whom forgiveness is a seed she never wants to plant. Girl who is no longer a girl. Girl who plucks flowers from her teeth and
makes a crown. Girl with nectar-covered hands, sticky sweet touch, pollen beneath her fingernails. Girl like a tree: the
crows roost near her head. Girl with earth blood-soaked at her roots. Girl who stands in lightning storms. Girl, who sparks
and blackens. Girl, refusing to burn.