was written on the back of a bus seat some things are not meant to be photographed like her face against the grass as you ruin her like your tongue in the mouth of a four-year-old it happened so many times was what she said years later some girls don’t come back from this a poet told me don’t let your young women stay there and she likes to think that she is not there struggling against the floor of the attic scratching against your face choking on you because you won’t slow down you say you get so carried away and and it happened so many times she is still there how does she peel the skin off how does she cover herself with something clean how does she wash you out when will you let her swim across lie on the bank alone with her own hands a heartbeat she can trust some silence when will you stop hunting her her dreams don’t let her forget how could she forget it when
Isobel O’Hare received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Account, FORTH Magazine, HOUND, Enclave, Dirty Chai, Map Literary, Cease, Cows and other publications. Her first chapbook, Wild Materials, is forthcoming from Zoo Cake Press. She lives in Oakland, California.