05 April, 2019: On the Massacre River Bridge
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On the Massacre River Bridge
by Sony Ton-Aimé
The woman who pees standing
has fire between her legs. Beautiful
rusty streams, metal hitting tortoise
shell, iron cutting iron. Nothing less.
She travels miles with feet in the air,
elbows digging into ribs, lifting both
heavy hips and the baggage she carries.
With five mouths to feed, not time to pick
lost shoes. The good lord must sweep
thorny streets or else she would offer
a little blood sacrifice again.
“On the Massacre River Bridge” by Sony Ton-Aimé. Copyright Sony Ton-Aimé, 2018. Used by permission of the author.
Sony Ton-Aimé is the current fellow at the Wick Poetry Center. He is a third year MFA Candidate in the Northeast Ohio MFA program with Kent State University as his gateway. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Brainchild, Luna Negra, La Revista PingPong, The Oakland Review, Dunes Review and Poets.org.
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