Literary Orphans

Sarah Connor by Andrea Blythe

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Our Lady of Self Determination

 

The future is a machine

grinding down upon you

 

In dreams

you burn with nuclear flame

 

The mechanism of your heart

is pumps and valves

 

The present is a paradox

a shifting landscape

 

Time travelers come paired

killer and ally

 

The mechanism of a gun

is hammer and powder

 

Your son is a cat in a box

alive and dead

 

You are a cog

in the machine of the world

 

In dreams

the black road is clear ahead

 

Fate is fact

you will always deny

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Andrea Blythe writes poetry and fiction with a speculative bent. Her work has appeared in several publications, including Yellow Chair Review, Nonbinary Review, Linden Avenue, and Strange Horizons. Her work was nominated for Independent Best American Poetry and Sundress Best of the Net in 2015.

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