Theft

by Susan Cronin

Memento Mori
Memento Mori an einem Rosenkranz aus dem frühen 16. Jahrhundert, Elfenbein geschnitzt; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

 

Always
she says
“no” and keeps “no”
wound around her
bones like flesh
and being.

To scrape
the marrow from her
is to steal
fruit from the mouth
of a beggar and
keep the pit
in a jar
by my bed.

 

Susan Cronin studied at Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School, where she earned an MFA. Her poetry has appeared in a numerous journals including Nashville Review, DMQ Review, White Stag, Gingerbread House, Josephine Quarterly, indicia, Figroot Press, and the inaugural issues of Varnish and The Cerurove.

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