The Atrophy of Her

TRIGGER WARNING: The poem contains themes of domestic violence....

Kicked in the head and thrown into a beast

Shaped like a staircase I’d almost forgotten

Peering through railing below, I’m caught


Back to bed, spring sticking into thigh

Read a book to keep it from the mind

Bittersweet heroics to ponder in dark

To sleep, I drift to imagery of these beautiful beings

To forget the ambience of adolescence

Muffled sobs and late-night cartoons