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Never to Dream of Spiders

Artwork: Aixing Chen

Literary selection: Susie Mackel, Jillian Mahon, and Katie McGarry

Never to Dream of Spiders

Audre Lorde

Once the renegade flesh was gone
Fall fair lay against my face
Sharp and blue as a needle
But the rain fell through October and death lay a condemnation
Within my blood.
The smell of your neck in August
a fine gold wire bejeweling war
all the rest lies
illusive as a farmhouse
on the other side of a valley
vanishing in the afternoon….

Day three    day four    day ten   
the seventh step
a veiled door leading to my golden anniversary   
flameproofed free-paper shredded   
in the teeth of a pillaging dog   
never to dream of spiders   
and when they turned the hoses upon me
a burst of light

Photo: Karah Smith