Who may tell her story?
Who has earned the right?
What if she’s come and gone?
Has no tongue, no eyes, no hands?
Must one wear her skin, eat from her bowl
Fight nightmare’s demons on her sleeping mat just to feel the
Rhythm of her heart?
Aren’t we all borne by the moon
As she orbits her beloved blue jewel—
The one she’s always known, and can never become?
Do we not all gaze at the sky
Seek the logic of the stars?
Spend our lives looking outward
To find a way in?

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Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish's fourth novel, Maggie’s Ruse, will be published in October 2019 by Unsolicited Press. She has had short fiction recently published in New Pop Lit, The Slag Review, and O:JA&L. Recent poems have appeared in Mocking Heart Review, Crow Literary Review, S/tick, and Wilde Boy. She lives among the evergreen trees in the South Sound region of Washington State.

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