pages Phytotoxic

by Kyle Hemmings

Published in Issue No. 189 ~ February, 2013

Photo by Julie Coulter

She grew into you while you were still open to rain. When she left you hanging with her left-over straw lovers, their straw dust soliloquies, you hid in a flower pot in a room in the heart of a city facing away from the sun. A woman dropped in every so often to tell you stories. She taught you to wrap up the darkness in neat cardboard boxes. Then she became the source of all light-absorbing absence. You dreamt in ruined colors. You survived until you couldn’t.

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Kyle Hemmings has been published in Wigleaf, Storyglossia, Elimae, Match Book, This Zine Will Save Your Life, and elsewhere. His latest collection of prose/poetry is Void & Sky from Outskirt Press and has an upcoming collection titled City of Kats from Perpetual Motion Machine. He lives and writes in New Jersey.