Sedna

An image of Cinderella from the 1885 "Three Fairy Princesses." Original illustration by Caroline Paterson.

An image of Cinderella from the 1885 “Three Fairy Princesses.” Original illustration by Caroline Paterson.

Have my hands

I don’t need them
anymore

for heat
or homemaking
or writing

I’m done with clinging
to this boat
so I let go

and sink
into the dark

all the way down

dictating my screed
to the water

as one by one
the fingers you severed
separate
and float away

warm-blooded
still

into their own
selfless
orbits.

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