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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 author of three novels. Her poetry was published by Spillwords Press, STRAWZINE (London), Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry:32 (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, and Free Verse Revolution. She was selected “Author of the Month” (April 2019) at Spillwords. Her work was included in the anthology America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018) and Florida's Best Emerging Poets 2019 (Z Publishing House, August 19, 2019)
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”
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