It seems I am the problem child, again.
Father speaking on Mother’s behalf
that nitrogen cold gaze.
I bathe in it; it burns —
it always burned.
But now my skin is bound
in bitter scales.
How forlorn, to be the black one;
I don't show it.
Let them beat their breasts
and rail — I won't.
Instead, I involute, secrete this note:
beware the coming of the twice-born child.
- Michele Seminara 2017
Michele Seminara is a poet, editor and yoga teacher from Sydney. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Cordite, Mascara, and Tincture. She has published Engraft (Island Press, 2016) and a collaborative chapbook, Scar to Scar, with Robbie Coburn (PressPress, 2016). Michele is also Managing Editor of online creative arts journal Verity La. She blogs at https://micheleseminara.wordpress.com/.
'Second Coming' is from Michele's forthcoming chapbook, HUSH, to be published by Blank Rune Press on 1 June.