Dead Flowers and Torn Feathers

You burst out of her flesh,
leaving her womb
full of dead flowers and torn feathers;

wouldn’t you, too, have ended you?

She tried to own her mistakes,
nurse you back to your life,
say goodbye…

but words turned to tears in her mouth—she choked.
Losing you
tasted of dying blood, soil and salt.

Process Note: this poem is addressed to the twin sisters in “Blooming Howls”, the first of five stories in a collection by the same name. Most of the piece is based on this quote: “I thought it would be easy to own my mistakes, to say goodbye, to let go… but the words turned to tears in my mouth and I choked on salt of my own making.”

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Day 5 of NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015You Might Not Know Me, But…: Address today’s poem to a fictional character or a historical figure.

for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Blooming HowlsBlooming Howls, by Magaly Guerrero
cover art, by Michelle Kennedy

Love’s Strength in Her Bones

Fall Storm, 2012
the past comes calling,
Sandy hurricanes and kills;
wailing in my bones

Winter Loss, 2013
car crash in the dark,
wicked angel flies away;
asthmatic, my cries

Summer Wedding, 2014
handfasted by friends,
Witch and Piano Man kiss;
love’s strength in my blood


Process Note
: “Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season”, the same year I made a decision that hurt many… including me. My baby brother died in a car accident at the end of the winter of 2013; shortly after, asthma symptoms that hadn’t been severe for years returned to squeeze my throat. In the summer of 2014, my Piano Man and I were handfasted, by two wonderful souls, in front of the eyes of the people we love most. On the day of our wedding, I was so happy that my flesh and bones and I danced for hours without thinking about pain.

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NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero, Day 4 – Feeling So Deeply It Hurts: “Write a poem that shows how an emotion might increase physical pain, and vice versa.”
Love’s Strength in Her Bonesthe Witch and the Piano Man
(June 29, 2014)

Magaly Guerrero