The Girl Who Wished for Death
by Anna Cates

Death of YseraLayllaa                                                                                

the girl who wished for death
imagined her confinement
a dark castle
a night of cold rain
the mountain steep

her body broken
rocks seeped with blood
buzzards busy
at her still warm flesh
waterfalls rushing
toward some abysmal plain

the girl who wished for death
heard the shutters rattle
and imagined every candle
blowing out
wax that burned
wounds that never heal
dried tulips that never return to life

her father always told her
some women have a chemical
imbalance in their brain
but she imagined real pain
legions of lemmings rushing
into the endless waves

Julie Lapierre                        

Anna Cates' first collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by, and her second poetry collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. She lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties.