Literary Orphans

Endo Metra & Cul-de-Sac
by Laurel Perez

Art by Dia Takácsová

Endo Metra

Her doctor

spoke words that meant

her body: cervix, uterus.


All she hears: inflexible, useless.


As she dresses she pauses,

presses her fingertips into her abdomen

tries to feel and picture each organ,

the web of her uterus and ovaries suspended.

She imagines her ovaries like a nest of spider’s eggs

ivory cotton down, with thin blue veins.

Fallopian tubes as threaded bridges

to her uterus’ perforated silk.


Who would live in that deep darkness?

What could grow in that hollow

scarred tissue?


Thinks about her own spinnerets

their catatonic state –

She wonders if her eggs are marred,

eggs fragile as webs

torn easily from doorways.

Feels herself yanked from her frame

lacking a dragline.


Have all these delicate parts hardened in me?


Hard. Immovable.


What could possibly form in

something so desolate?


O Typekey Divider

The sky is navy hues with a thousand stars pulsing bright prayers. You want to pluck them from the night and taste them, let them melt on your tongue. You close your eyes on the hood of that blue car and see violet quivering behind your eyes; cold biting, goose pimples pop pop pop. Bare skin rash red raw, you are panting and passion pink bubble gum pops tongue twisting teeth tight. Fingers gripping fiberglass, floating closer to that frozen sky gasping, choking on these angry angled stars you glare at them as if they professed promises they never meant to keep.


All the while the boy is taking.


O Typekey Divider

Laurel Perez grew up in Oregon where she lived in Portland. She later moved to North Dakota to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s in English. She is a poet, instructor, and master crafter and likes to spend her time knitting, writing, and generally crafting. Today, Perez lives in Illinois with her her husband and is currently working towards a PhD in English studies while teaching Composition.

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O Typekey Divider

–Art by Dia Takácsová