Triptych with Missing Limb

 

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the overweight cannibals feed every fortnight
the children frolic on our scalps
this knocking is not a verb
this silverware dances to get our attention
the women come trotting into the oven
the trembling eye sockets
we walk towards our shadows
or we break the line

 

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3

the freshly squeezed children
the women slither through piles of broken feet
this rhythm of being trampled by elephants
the empty womb is full of empty children
a push down the stairs is often criticized
the long black hair is immediately golden
we push faces into beards
we will sing and we will eat what we sing

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Miriam Borgstrom is a thirteen-year-old homeschooler from Las Vegas. She has been writing poetry nearly every day since she was eight. She loves rock climbing and avocados.