Monica Lewis — 2 Poems

Poetry

how w(e)omen are born

they say we are born,
a finite fistful of eggs,
and what about
the shells?

i am all shell, tender and crooked,
cracks tracing
the lifelines lived in the palm

of your hand, and
fingers splayed, branching

little dirt roads
going neither
here,
nor there.

green-skinned, i grow
both wishing i were
pink,

you take,
but i am seedless.

perhaps if planted
underwater
the pit
would take root,
to bloom, and we could
kiss, again,

like seventeen,
like endless.


THE MOST GOLDEN TICKET:

(OR WHEN WONKA FINALLY GAVE IT TO VERUCA, AT LAST, AND SO, NOW TO MY OWN)

lick an orange, it tastes like an orange. the strawberries taste like strawberries! the snozzberries taste like snozzberries!
whoever heard of a snozzberry?
we.
the poem should end there because for one,
you should, by now, know
a damn snozzberry, tastes like a snozzberry an
orange, duh, but
still, you wanted
still, two everlasting
gobstoppers?
there is the death of love.
your already full and gorgeous gut
yet
gorging,
even if hearts had pits you’d
not spew
a single one out.


Monica Lewis

Monica Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, The JFR, and AAWW’s The Margins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, FIVE:ONE, The Boiler Journal, PUBLIC POOL, Yes, Poetry, and Flapperhouse, among others. She is a VONAoVoices alumna, and a 2017 and 2018 ‘Best of the Net’ poetry nominee. Her full collection of poetry will be published in 2019 by Unknown Press.

More of her work:

I’ll Be at Your Altar, Yes, Poetry

A Future You, the Shade Journal

2 thoughts on “Monica Lewis — 2 Poems

  1. Monica, your first poem, “How W(e)omen Are Born,” caught my by surprise. The shells, the lifelines, the roads…all delicate features of this poem that made me re-read it three times. I adore it.

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