We didn’t want to be queens Not then— We wanted not to be hollowed, not to be buried alive. & when they wrapped us in tarp & threw us to the ocean, those boys/men who’d shamed us deep [water silence] into brittle bones where we’d hidden our wounds we wanted our mothers.
Alicia Elkort is a poet, writer, and Life Coach. Her poems have been nominated thrice for the Pushcart, twice for Best of the Net and once for the Orisons Anthology, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She was born under the New Mexican sky and has returned to live amongst the juniper and pine where each day she is renewed by the still-life of blue and cloud. You can find out more about her coaching at Alicia Elkort Coaching.