—SUDDENLY I’M CAUGHT UP IN YOUR SOMBER RAIN
A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing
She looked inside the well of me, way down into the gray, gulley of my throat, and said, You know, a girl is a half-formed thing.
She said, Even from way up here, I can smell the sins of your uncles and cousins. They’re still hideous, but they taste like stale cinnamon, once spiced and threatening, neutered now by age, but not forgotten.
She said, I could read your palm, it would be easier, right, but this is more interesting, don’t you think? I mean, look at how your tonsil bell wobbles, so nervous to have me this close.
Chuckling, she ran a jagged fingernail down the length of my jugular and tapped out some kind of code, piercing tufts of skin.
She said, You used to dream big. You used to notice cloud shapes and the way a sprig of lavender can cleanse any pallet, if its freshly picked. She said, You used to laugh a whole lot more.
She shifted a bit, owning my eyes now--instead of the endless cavern that is my mouth--clamping them inside a crescent wrench.
She said, A girl is a half-formed thing because she’s just learning whom to trust, which isn’t at all easy, since many of the monsters scream gibberish while their claws are busy shredding skin and snapping bones.
When I tried to reply, she slammed my jaw shut like a well-oiled dresser drawer.
She said, Listen to me. She said, A girl is a half-formed thing, but I’m counting on you to find the other half, deliver it to me whole, and explain how one piece fits into the other, and why they even should.