These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese | Kailey Tedesco

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Kailey Tedesco's first full-length poetry collection, She Used to be on a Milk Carton, will be out soon from April Gloaming Publications. She is the editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. She also performs as Hortensia Celeste in the Poetry Brothel. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can find her poetry featured or forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Prelude, fields, Prick of the Spindle, Rogue Agent, and more. For more, please visit kaileytedesco.com

 

 

Purity Ring

I can tell you
lack the rigidity of a locked door –

You are the word for emptying
rings from each finger
into a ceramic bowl like a stream
of urine.

I stay awake praying to Christ
in a bronze doze & lament
the sun-dried palms hoisted
over His shoulders –

I ask Him if you, too, know
the feel of carrying the infant
of your own life – a breastbone
nuzzling to make you lonely

against the babes of resurrection?
And will you smile when they track
your milk’s cologne & call it theirs?