after Jessica Kallista’s collage exhibit: “Dear Suburbia” Fairfax, VA
Nothing is easy with this baby doll burnt
face but I want to lick molded bones,
imprint my mind on a face like a
little pig tailed gargoyle girl
Leave her in the woods for weeks
burn her with amalgams.
Let her catch the ash from the grill pit
puppy masticate the forearms
I’ll perpetuate this crime
against plastic life forms
Close that other eye
the one that never closes
stop staring at me, witnessing
my day time drama.
Always wide, always looking
for blue skies, the sunny side up
a way to end it, to begin again
fresh as a Barbie out of the box.
Jennifer MacBain-Stephens is the author of two full length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress,(Yellow Chair Press, 2016) and The Messenger is Already Dead, (forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press, 2017.) Recent work can be seen at Lime Hawk, concis, decomp, Sea Foam Magazine, and Inter/rupture. Visit: http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/