A DECADE OF SOLITUDE-Rana Kelly/ 2nd star to the Left, straight on ’til morning

Sudden Denouement Collective

Almost a decade

Of desolation and disguise.

Of loneliness and downcast eyes.

My spine was pulled

Out of my mad mouth

And I laid there breathless

For this eternity.

Fear of the enemy

Pushed me to soliloquy

For an eternity

Of my wolves hunted

And fresh hell.

I walk forward over water

Washed clean of your sickness

You cannot kick me

In the guts again.

I will rise

And eat your face

Shred your skin

And walk westward

Crushing your setting sun.

[Rana Kelly was born and raised in the Deep South, and now resides in the Southwest.  Her poetry, personal essays, short fiction, and photography has been published in anthologies and literary magazines far and wide over the years, from Caesura to featherproof press, FM to Ceremony Collected. Her first novel, Until Her Darkness Goes, was published in 2015. She’s…

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