Artwork: Laura Southgate @lsouthgateart
Squeaks and scratches plummet from the ceiling,
cut deep, her sighs bend with the desperate desire
to be the gull flying into the sun, whose wings
waft in the quiet company
of the wind.
She wants freedom, from the reminders
that she’s adrift in this world.
Vulnerable atop the silk she is creased by her shadows,
not even the soft material provides comfort
from the reminders of what it’s like to feel
the felt-like texture of rolling the skin
like a cigarette
ready to be burned.
She wants to peel it all away,
crumple up the tatters and toss them aside,
a phoenix from her funeral pyre,
reincarnated under the morning sun.
This creative piece was submitted as part of our May Theme: Body. If you would like to submit your own creative work to aAh! Magazine, please email aAh.Editor@gmail.com, and be sure to check our latest “Letter from the Editors” to find out next month’s theme.