Take Us Ornately Hanging Girls

Take us ornately hanging girls 

composed of candles and scintillating light, as sacred as bael fruit. It is our wild-born nature to cling to the canopy, our hair a smoldering nest, each eye a pinhole star alert to hunters with hunger-driven mouths.

Gather us only if you dare 

spread our wilding seeds through wind-tossed, bosky evergreens to flourish buds and persistent vines. Our tendrils court the sun, bearing up through menses and menarche, through hours barbarously lush.

Part our tangle of humid leaves

Climb our flaring ascent to sun-garbled skies, mind our brittle luster. We challenge with quicksand mixed by our hands, the snares of our spines, our scalding nectar.

Our florid harvest 

bestowed on rangers, on seedsmen who graft without a wound.


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Laine Cunningham

Laine Cunningham is a three-time recipient of The Hackney Award. Her short prose and poetry have been published by Reed, Birmingham Arts Journal, Fiction Southeast, Wraparound South, As You Were, and MacQueen’s Quinterly. She is the senior editor and publisher of Sunspot Literary Journal, a multinational publication.