tuesday nights:

fold tiny paper birds
smudged white
ignore phone numbers
i’ll never text

tie off lovers
like old stories
with a string

i’ll crown myself
jeweled with flowers
hide my face

cross out
the name of you
like a to-do list

make vows
for tomorrow,
to growl alone.


Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has published Hotel Ghost (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and waiting for the end of the world (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and has work included in Susan, TL;DR, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Sometimes, she feels human.