What They Called Me

by Adrienne J. Odasso

Forgive me, purples, for I have penned
nothing since June, demanded too soon
that love descend undeserved. That grace
give restitution for harm perceived
without sight. That the salt-tracked mask
of my face be gilt-washed, my sand-filled
eyes stilled with diamonds. I am grieved
with absence even now, even knowing how
I could not have ever hoped to hold
such precious weeds: these hyacinths bleeding
sunlight in my unsuspecting hands.

Adrienne J. Odasso's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of strange and wonderful publications, including Strange Horizons, Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Dreams & Nightmares, Not One of Us, Stone Telling, and Goblin Fruit (just to name a few). Her fiction has appeared both online and in print anthologies. Her two chapbooks, Devil's Road Down and Wanderlust, are available from Maverick Duck Press. Her first full collection, Lost Books, was a finalist for the 2010/2011 People's Book Prize. When asked what kind of mask would choose her, she answered that a mask chose her long ago, and it's very clearly made of feathers and scales.

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