Poetry by Rachael Gay


A shower is essentially a cleansing ritual.

Replace the salt with foaming body wash

the blessed candles with flickering fluorescents

behind the yellowing curtain is a sacred act

a reclaiming

a reckoning

insert here that fact about all the cells in your body being replaced after 7 years

pray that it's faster

this time soap can't speed up cellular regeneration but try anyway

pray that you stop feeling his snaking touch

even in places it never reached

call the elements to their corners as you scrub

try not to go too deep, fail

make black salt out of your own tears mixing with

clumped mascara you forgot to wash out

banish banish banish

Rachael Gay is a poet and artist living in Fargo, North Dakota. Her work has appeared in felan, Eunoia Review, Daily Gramma, errata Magazine, Literary Orphans, Freezray Poetry, Bitterzoet Magazine, and The Bookends Review. More of her work can be found at witchinghourpoetry.tumblr.com.

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