local_library Fragile Earth

by Helena Hopkins

Published in Issue No. 248 ~ January, 2018

The world is a hostile thing

but what would you be like

if billions of parasites lived

and bred on you—

in you.

We had a dog

died that way, the worms inside

and on top of her skin, I saw

the birth of a billion flies, white

and eyeless.

We are born faster than we die.


why are you listless?

Where is your revenge?


wake Noah

we need a flood of

bleach, whatever hurts

I’m sorry I am sorry

I am so sorry I am


so sorry

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Helena is a sheep farmer and freelance writer from Westfield, Indiana. Her poetry has recently been published in AMP.