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Priscilla Frake

Priscilla Frake is the author of Correspondence, a book of epistolary poems published by Mutabilis Press. She has published poetry in several anthologies and in dozens of journals including Verse DailyNimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Medical Literary MessengerCarbon Culture ReviewSpoon River Poetry ReviewCrack the SpineThe Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The New Welsh Review. Her honors include the Lorene Pouncey Award at the Houston Poetry Fest and a Pushcart nomination. She lives in Sugar Land, Texas where she is a studio jeweler.

 

STAGE IIIA

You’re a dark scribble of knotted

thread, a tangle of cells, a blot, a spill,

a bolt from the blue.

You don’t believe in the greater good

but only in you, in your more-you.

Therefore I submit to the knife.

Therefore I imbibe poison.

Therefore I bathe in fire.

 

You spread life and life,

which is death.

I choose death and death,

which is life.

I’m small,

not as a child,

but as a person shorn of will.

I want to be so small, so entirely

absent, that we miss as we pass in transit,

you going your own way, while I swing

into the way

which owns me, into the unknown

future, where anything could be taken

from me, where anything

could be given.