Merie Kirby grew up in California, and now lives in North Dakota. She is the author of two chapbooks, The Dog Runs On and The Thumbelina Poems. Her poems have been published in Sheila-Na-Gig Online, FERAL, and other journals. She is equally fond of board games, cheese, and space movies. You can find her online at www.meriekirby.com.
Lying in bed last night I felt fingers reach in, grabbing. I opened in spite of myself as you clawed me with your fingernails, flattened, panicked. Split throat, iron tongue, white masks ranged overhead, the rings on their fingers scraping me as they reached in to take you.
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