Budding By Amy Lauren


girl made of flowers
woman made of moonlight
when you are fourteen
when you are twenty-four
and hiding your smile
and full-faced grinning
through rose lenses
as she sets your glasses gently
but quiet nights
on the nightstand.
and warm blankets
this quiet midnight
make you tremble
makes you tremble
in the worst way:
within each other’s embrace
scorching nightmares,
living your dreams:
fearful of who you are
wholeness in who you are
and why a girl
and how this woman
has made you blush.
answered all your questions.

By Amy Lauren


Amy Lauren is an organist in Jackson, MS and recipient of a Pushcart and Best of the Net nomination in 2017. Her chapbooks include Prodigal (Bottlecap Press) and God With Us (Headmistress Press), the latter through the semi-finalist prize in the Charlotte Mew Contest.

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