Behind the Door

The ache wakes her,
her breasts so hard and tender.
Something wrong with the nipples.
How they pull inside her
when she’s cold
like fists.

If it isn’t breasts, it’s hips.
Femurs lengthen in the dark hours.
At times, she limps.
The socket
no longer fits.

Changeling.
Legs so long, she sees
into the eyes of the elders,
combs hair across her face.

Tears and blood,
she hadn’t asked for this.
Childbody lost
as if the fairies came in her sleep.
Left her with this stranger.

At night, when bones grow,
when fur spreads
like moss over crevices,
when secrets bleed
into sheets, she presses
an edge, just here,
sharp, against
her own absence.

Rose by Larissa Monique Hauck

Susan Alexander

About Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander is author of The Dance Floor Tilts published by Thistledown Press, October 2017. She is the recipient of the 2017 prize for the Whistler Poet’s Pause Competition, the 2016 Short Grain prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers’ Festival poetry contest. Her work has appeared in chapbooks, an anthology and several literary magazines, including most recently ARC and CV2.

About Larissa Monique Hauck

Larissa Monique Hauck is an emerging visual artist who graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2014, where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with Distinction in the field of painting. Her work continues to be exhibited nationally and internationally, particularly within Canada and the United States. She has had her artwork featured in multiple international and regional publications including Creative Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Art Reveal Magazine and others. In 2016, she was selected as an independent artist for the Nuit Rose Festival in Toronto.

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