Trigger Warning

rape like rip like girl
like roadkill left
to die, driver
too guilty to face
the pavement — the open road
like the open wound, rape like raw
like touch her and she will
burn, a scream
like pain so palpable
she drips it, poison sweat.
rape like rope like
lifeline to hold
or noose to choke, depending
on the hands. rape like rust like limbs
trying to run.
like retch like girl, ten shots
deep, no longer girl.
rape like
wreck like body
shaking at the breath
of Your Name like hurricane
winds up-
root a tree.
rape like red like world
through a window smeared with
a matador’s cape red
like rage like animal
caged then
uncaged —
hold up
your red hands
and she will charge.