Ex Nihilo

By Caitlin MacKenzie

A child

carries a galaxy

in her body.

*

Stars collapse

into nebulas,

coalesce

*

into seeds.

She is a host

of stars again

*

reborn.

Examining blades

of grass

*

her face bent

to soil,

nature extends,

*

licks the nape

of her neck.

Names her.

*

Lays claims.

Sex is dangerous

in its fertilization

*

stage. In a white

dress she runs out

of spring fields.

___

Caitlin Mackenzie was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, working as a publicist in the academic book publishing field while currently a MFA student in the Bennington College Writing Seminars. Her work has been previously published in MiPOesias Magazine, Breadcrumb Scabs, The Other Journal, and others.


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