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 wrotemadeleine.com or @madelinksi on Twitter. Honeydew water is underrated.