Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker with sonnets in magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of twelve books of poetry including Dewy Decimals (Arkay Artists 2020) and Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press 2020) Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website http://kristingarth.com
You never were alone in life. A doll
dissected with a pearl handled knife — held,
allotted days inside crocheted shawl, all
communal gifts since you were small. She fell
into an early grave, the half of you
who won’t be saved. A heart conjoined
severed by rot, you stalk in holes dug, new,
the family burial plot. Adjoined
cadavers in longleaf pines. Love and lust
robust inside your wounded mind — for ghosts
no longer humankind. Seek, dirty, dusk
two apparitions you never find. Most
days dialogue with moths, unbodied doll.
You whisper kisses which never enthrall.