Her flesh afloat toward riverbanks
duct tape wrapped plastic misogynist’s
mistake.  Daughter destroyed.  Mermaid embanked,
lips hued blue, mottled men’s dirt, violence
a riverside remakes in its image,
a swaddled newborn amidst water snakes,
its foundling transformed — closed eyelid visage,
processional drift, tides only touch
untangle hair.  Wet fingertips, supine,
she rides unaware.  All blood, lipstick smudged,
removed teenage cares by water and time.
Rockabye of rivers, he puts her down,
abandoned daughter mother earth has found.

Kristin Garth


Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola and a sonnet stalker.  Her sonnets have stalked magazines like Five: 2: One, Glass, Anti-Heroin Chic, Occulum, Luna Luna, Yes, Former Cactus and many more.  Her chapbook Pink Plastic House is available from Maverick Duck Press, and she has two forthcoming: Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019).  She also has a full length upcoming Candy Cigarette from the same press in April 2019.  Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie), her weekly poetry column ( and her website (

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