Yeah I’ve got a backbone that can’t decide between
being its namesake and being a wishbone.
My whole life I’ve been pulling the shorter end,
bringing home more men than my mother has ever known
in her entire life, up the stairs and into my bed
until she finally falls asleep.
Yeah the bottle is a heavy draw
but sometimes the wine is just what I need
to go soft beneath a man’s palms instead of holding this body
like a bundle of spears.
When was the last time I didn’t wake up wishing my lungs
had been carried away by a flock of birds
in my sleep? Or that the tooth fairy
had stolen silently in through my window
and plucked out my heart,
mistaking it for a bloody tooth lodged in my chest cavity?
My mother warned me against everyone I take to bed
but loneliness is a hard bullet to dodge.
Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, Winter Tangerine Review, Chanter Literary Magazine, Literary Sexts Volume 1, Hooligan Magazine, and Rib Cage Chicago Literary Magazine. In March 2013 she won a National Gold Medal for her poetry collection and a National Silver Medal for her writing portfolio in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Natalie Chyi is an 18-year-old from Hong Kong who has recently moved to London, where she will be studying law for the next three years. She started photography to capture moments and pretty things/people/light/scenes as she sees them, and that idea is what continues to fuel all of her work. Find more of her work on nataliechyi.com, Facebook, or Tumblr.