"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


animalistic

animalistic

the homegrown girl     who they said had too many opinions
was sown from the seed of

empowered women

the townsfolk declared her to be     a wolf woman
testifying glamoured       lupine contortions       and     savage distortions
of     her body

 

they got the     whooping boys      to run her over with their pick up truck
damning her all the way to

hell 

with dip in their mouths

her insides        spilled out      all over      the pavement
and created a work of art for        satan         to admire

the simmering heat of the tar        melted     the rest of the skin      off her bones as a
murder of crows       circled her body      eager
to get their turn with her

lucifer      slithered over her broken body      like the snake that he is
then pulled her back to perdition      with him

he lashed the girl and his wife with his       silver chain
then took      the form of a beast      and ate their

tender hearts

out of their chests

the girl      took the devil’s wife      into her loving arms
and they fled from the           everlasting fire

hand in hand

on earth
they became       the wily wolf women     of the      timberland
who cared for

all girls 

turned away from their      homes


Kameron Helms is a junior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL. She is considered to be kind of like a leprechaun except her gold is actually potato chips and she doesn't live at the end of a rainbow.

Cover photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

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