I am not the sum of two parts. How much of myself should I give?
Until I am sweating the milk out that I couldn’t give. Until I can pull
the aromas of almond & rose off of my breasts & hope
you will feed yourself. If you love
you give it up, forget it, & move on with your life.
The floorboards are on fire. I dance around—balloons tied
to my fingers. Down the street they’re building a church
& they made sure the cross went first. Remind me how to confess.
Believe this sorrow, I want to reveal my twisted womb.
Annie Cigic Annie Cigic hails from Cleveland. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bookends Review, The Hunger, Silver Needle Press, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing this fall.