You don’t have to stay here
it’s not your fault
let him deal with the blood
there are enough walls
between you and magic
escape through this window
board your unicorn
you are better than this place

I will keep your devil in this box
for a time. When you return
we can look at him together
watch him clean the mess
he made with your body
we will rinse our vaginas
free of his lingering ash

I have heard unicorns
are spiritual healers
take yours to the tree tops
when the sun has cured you
request one silken hair
to drink with her milk
she will oblige you, I’m certain.

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2 Discussion to this post

  1. […] Keep Your Devil is a poem for rape survivors. This is also a piece by Shareen Mansfield. There’s a dreamlike quality to Shareen’s work. I love helping her develop her writing in all its forms. “Keep Your Devil” is a challenging piece. I hope you read and love it as much as I do. […]

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  2. Beleuchtung says:

    Good post! We will be linking to this great post on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

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