Virgin Birth

Janae Green

The pews
are aghast with mouthfuls
of murderwords and tigerstripes.
Child-hands claw
at her ivory belly,
popping sequins
and hand-stitched silver beading.
Sara presses her thighs together
to keep from spilling.
She feels its chewing.
The green,
unripened thing
gums past
her lip lining: two mouths

JANAE GREEN is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Atticus Review, Burning Word, Eunoia Review, Fiction Fix, Paper Darts, Poetry Quarterly, The Molotov Cocktail, The Ofi Press, Vine Leaves Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her partner, artist Shea Bordo. Follow her @thenaeword on Twitter.