Lindsey Dirksen — “Just Before the Birds”

The blade is dull, slicing through curling
black toe hairs, a step sister’s wail
slipping pain like whispers in the air—
It’ll fit. I’ll make it fit.

The tip of the big nail goes first, scarlet
bloody valentines dripping from her foot
puddling on plush richy rugs, smeared
sludge red like Rorschcach blots on the cool

glass shoe. Then the pinkie toe- narrow
footed scabby and her gasp, slick
inhale held under her corset tight
ties like her grip on the knife.
He’ll want me. He’ll love me.


Lindsey Dirksen earned her MA in English with a focus in creative writing from Ball State University. She loves all genres of writing, but works primarily with poetry. She’s published her work in Tributaries and served as the lead poetry editor and social media editor of bonfire(s)literary anthology. Lindsey is from Arcanum, Ohio.

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