Would you look at my beautiful

Skeleton broken in two, twice

The shell of a skeleton in a mirror?


You who cannot recognize the you

In me underneath my skeleton mirror,

The belly I am no longer approved in.


Swallow familiar shadows- not seen

Before my eyes; look down as your sex

Swallows me entirely, leaving me whole.


Look hard to see the secret hidden stars

When you find darkness in a shadow mirror,

Mirrored by twice the shell of a skeleton.


by Paige Simkins

Paige is a poet who lives with her dog, Sir Simon, in Tampa, Florida. She holds a Bachelor degree in English (Creative Writing) and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She works as a Public Librarian and is very passionate about poetry, libraries, VW Beetles, and visual art.

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