Issue No. 3, Winter 2012

Light, Now
Tina Barry

It’s 100 degrees in your tower
and that braid you’re so proud of
is one hot ladder to nowhere.
Why not lop it off?
Call to the crows,
“Listen. Take this thing.
It’ll make a great nest.”
Let them have you, too.
That’ll be your moment.
Your hands hot stars against
the inky carpet of their wings.
And you, so light,
bald as a baby bird.


Tina Barry is chipping away at my M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Elimae, Fractured West, Pear Noir!, THIS Magazine and other online and print publications.