Alice at the end of the party

polymer scar
hairs, hairs
a layer of innocent
fat over the bones

sap in certain places
rainwater in others
peat moss
discoverable by slices

propped up in a sheaf
a sheath dress

unlaced, deboned
butterflied from
the stomach outward

chin a descending
overture declined


Chiara Di Lello is a writer and educator. She delights in public art, public libraries, and getting improbable places by bicycle. For a born and raised New Yorker, she has a surprisingly strong interest in beekeeping. Find her poems in Variant Lit, Anti-Heroin Chic, Whale Road Review, and others.   WEB