Rapunzel Makes Her Own Door

Rapunzel Makes Her Own Door

You chained my arms / within your gated heart / grew my hair / to be the rope / that wound around / & bound / my throat; drowned / each & every word / I spoke; my body / spawned my leash / I choked; lay still / broken beneath / your yoke / but no more.

You tugged / tangled / your claws / in my scalp / climbed each time / without looking / down to see / the blood / that flooded the ground / the proof of my love / is silence: my sound / stayed  / trapped / in the tower / where I was / crowned / the virgin / the maiden /  the sacrifice bound / but no more.

You whispered / the fear of wolves / in my ear / told me the world was / hunger / despair / & madness / but ladders of hair / & stories / with bears / only make me / aware / that the things / of my prayers / horses / & choices / & silk dresses to wear / rivers / & scissors / & a prince debonair / live far away / far away / & I’ll never live / there / but no more.

You cornered me / here / in this cornerless room / stripped / shoes from my feet / encased me in stone / said you’d always / be near / then left me / alone / filled my veins / with your fears / to ensure / I’d not roam,

but the truth is, if

I were a bird / I’d have flown / from this room / from your memory / years, years ago; not / caring / just daring / to be / what you’d known / I’d turn into / one day: someone / you cannot hold.

You stained me / inside / your touch darkening / my veins; the weight / of your lies / kept the blood / from my brain / crushed under / your shoe / my fingers grown numb / just some fairytale princess: blind / deaf / dumb.

I was your daughter / your ladder / your sin / now I’m / the one who holds / power / within / he’ll come for me / soon / I’ll leave / on his horse / my head / much lighter / than ever / before; he brings me / a future / a love / and a ladder –

if you’d have been kinder / I might now / be sadder –

I’m leaving / you / leaving you / for far distant shores / out of reach / of your blades / your careless / swords & words / you made this / place / stairless / a trap with no door / but no more.

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  1. Avatar Kimberly Glanzman (1 story )

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    Kimberly (she/her) was a finalist for the 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, and a 2020 Pushcart Nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sky Island Journal, Sleet Magazine, Stonecoast Review, Jet Fuel Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Blind Corner Literary, South Dakota Review, Harpur Palate, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Electric Lit, among others.

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