Cassandra For Now – Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Let’s correct the record—this curse
passes mother to daughter,
like cilantro’s soapy tang or double
jointedness. Or it’s learned so
early that it seems instinct—the needle’s
concentric path as you darn,
how a chopped onion’s transparency
means it has sweated just
enough bite into the pan. Either way,
a soldier-packed trinket
squeaks nearer, and I am disbelieved,
words an opening salvo,
instead of mortal blow. Most of us
have quieted (so there’s no
need to shush) but whispers wriggle
in our throats. I come
to speak truth—the last thing you
want to hear—curls
shorn so no one can grab me by them.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett migrated to the Bay Area after completion of her MFA at The New School. She was awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including Prism Review, Carve, ZYZZYVA, and The Greensboro Review. Her chapbook, Congress of Mud, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Please see luizaflynngoodlett.org and follow her on Twitter
@luizagurley for further information.

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