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 artist. She especially likes math, black tea, felines, and trees. She's been nominated thrice for the Pushcart, twice for Best of the Net and once for the Orisons Anthology. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and her first book of poetry will be published in the Fall of 2022 by Stillhouse Press. Alicia works as a Life Coach and you can find out more at Alicia Elkort Coaching.