December 24,  2021

by Madeleine Corley


I mix cake icing into grey matter

no one else will eat. Around me, a gardener

guillotines lollipop trees. A father scoops

globes of ice into gaping white

cones. A mother bruises

their hemispheres red

and blue and green.

I am hungry for what is not

absolutely forgiven: the light not yet

leaving their mouths, the theft

of an overbite, the daughter as a body

of possum plastered near her feet.



Madeleine Corley (she/her) is a writer by internal monologue. Currently, she serves as Managing Editor at Barren Magazine. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Moist Magazine, No Contact Mag, Stoneboat Literary, Olney Magazine, and more. You can find her at or @madelinksi on Twitter. Honeydew water is underrated.