Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

A List of My Most Recent Sins
Laurin DeChae

  1. I have licked the last gleam of honey clean from between your fingers.
  2. There are buttercups on the bottoms of your feet and I plucked
    them free, setting them loose amongst the wildflowers.
  3. Zip me, you said and I buttoned the back of your dress
    with bees. Watched them sting and sting again
  4. Wreathed a ring around your neck, around again, ripe for the hanging
    and wove into your hair white clovers and thin spears of grass.
  5. I’d adorn you in weeds any day just to hear you shriek.
  6. When you kissed me, I bit you and let the blood
    rest in the cup of my tongue.
  7. Let birds make nests with moss in your ear
    cavities. At least you’ll always hear their hunger.
  8. When I washed your hair it was with the scum of the river.
  9. Shot you with a star, right through the breastplate. Dance with a gilded skeleton.
  10. I relish in the sound of the switch cutting air with the sharpness of moths’ wings.
  11. I built you a body for the last time.

Laurin DeChae is a M.F.A. candidate for poetry at the University of New Orleans, where she acts as the associate editor for Bayou Magazine. She is active in the fields of education and composition, assisting in programs such as the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. She has work forthcoming in Harpur Palate and Milkfist.