Lisa Kilhefner and Stefanie A. Shilling

Lisa Kilhefner

She Will Sing
y Stefanie A. Shilling
Inspiration piece

speak not of ruby rivers
coursing through veins
they said

dare not light a candle
in a darkened room

hold your breath
while they wrap their fingers around
one by one
by one
by one
thumb upon carotid
in touch with their pulse, not yours

voices boom
from roots of great oaks
bubble up
from beds of deep seas

swallow the fire
again and again
growing the beast
inside your belly

there’s no taming an inferno

I’d rather burn my tongue
than bite it


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