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Sara Pirkle Hughes

The Red Devil  

How slowly I swam
through months
of unknowing,
my cheeks creased
from sleeping in chairs,
where bitterly I flailed
in rough-cut dreams
of myself while
the crimson poison
snaked through my veins,
and hospital machines
breathed, singing
their winter fugues.

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Southern poet, an identical twin, a breast cancer survivor, and a university instructor.http://www.saraphughes.com/

Sara Pirkle Hughes

The Fire Next Door  

The sound the house made
as fire spread its paws
through every room
was like an old hound
stretching in his sleep, deep
sighs punctuated by growls,

and being children, we watched,
wide-eyed, as flames licked
dawn’s open palm,
and we laughed, looking
at the world’s misery,
mistaking it for a pet.

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Southern poet, an identical twin, a breast cancer survivor, and a university instructor.http://www.saraphughes.com/

Sara Pirkle Hughes

How Quickly the Body Forgives 

Biking too fast to make a sharp turn,
I scrape against a raw pine fence,
and because teenagers are goofing nearby,
I keep riding, my shin erupting
in red splinters of blood, but the wind
cools my face, the throbbing subsides,
white lilac bursts in constellations
overhead, and I am daydreaming
of my secret life again, how graceful
I am in that life, how desirable, how me.

Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Southern poet, an identical twin, a breast cancer survivor, and a university instructor.http://www.saraphughes.com/