‘Falling Out’, Hayley Stone

Illustration © 2019 Eric Asaris

 [ Valkyrie, © 2019 Eric Asaris ] Every valkyrie dreams
her teeth out eventually—
gums muddied with blood,
words blistering as they quit

her violent mouth. Crushed
between grave-stained fingers
tiny corpses of bone come

loose, no longer held back
by a smile; finally freed

to choose for themselves.

© 2019 Hayley Stone

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