Monster Psalm #13
Melissa Atkinson Mercer
  when you set fire to the kitchen table (I burn too)

  when you chop its leg with a butcher’s knife
  (before I was lunacy I was litany)

  when you wear our dead dog’s tag around your neck

  when you wake into the summer dusk into a field of cows into the suicide ward of your tongue’s
      true rage

  when there is nothing
  in this whole world you desire (I wake and I wail in the powerful now)

  when you are a scar as wide as a ghost (welcome prophet)

  when I cannot give you what I do not have

Melissa Atkinson Mercer is the author of Saint of the Partial Apology (Five Oaks Press, 2017) as well as four poetry chapbooks, including After the Miracle Season (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017) and Star-Blind in the Family of Fortune Keepers (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2017). Her work has recently appeared in Zone 3, Blue Earth Review, Storm Cellar, and others. She currently lives in the Tennessee mountains.  


more by Melissa Atkinson Mercer:
Frostbite
Grandmother was cyclopean
Monster Psalm #18