Red Herring

Look at the Jordan Almond ovaries,
red firework fallopian tubes.
The uterus, a clutch coin purse.

My insides are not pretty in pink,
like they teach you in school. Anatomy is not
a diagram, femininity not a primrose pin-up.

In truth, my whole body
is a mouth. The slick
interior continuing to my pelvis.

Look at the ovaries like tonsils,
tubes are contorted tongues.
Me, waiting to swallow you whole.


DSC_0408MeLaina Elise Ramos received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. You can find her recent work in Linebreak, elimae, Gold Wake Press, and Anti-, among other journals. She lives in Virginia with her ever-growing family.

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