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No One's World

written by: Gabriela M

@shortprose1

 

i can hear the rifle firing
i’m trying not to think
i’m counting empty chairs in a small bar
the polish on my nails is red
my lipstick must be red
i don’t have a mirror
the rifle fires again
i can hear the screams of children
i can hear the screams of brides
it smells anesthetic
death sounds like newborns

bartenders polish glasses
trying to remember where exactly
they belong…

and in no one’s world
lamentations tear at my soul
the hunger games are heating up
and your coffee’s getting cold

Gabriela M

Gabriela M

APRIL 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Gabriela M. is a US university professor and the author of three novels. Her poetry was published by Spillwords Press, STRAW #zine (London), Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry:32 (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, and "Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen." Her poem “come back to me” was included in the anthology America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, December 13, 2018). She was "Author of the Month at Spillwords Press (April 2019). Gabriela M. blogs at Short Prose.
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela M’s poetry:
“With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.” - Christina Schwartz
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