home – poem by Rebecca Kokitus

home poem r kokitus


sleep with amethyst and a pocketknife

beneath the pillow,

sleep with one eye open

my bitch face is cyclopic.


men scale walls like spiders,

circle like birds.

talons around rusted metal of

the fire escape—

they try and douse me like a house fire.


sew my eye shut like a corpse.


mortician twists my mouth into a grin.

he tells me I should smile.


This poem was written in response to ‘Ode to My Bitch Face’ by Olivia Gatwood.