with her legs dangling over the edge of the maidenhead bridge

by Erin Emily Ann Vance

she was
barbed wire sin in a chalk circle

she was
stumps stuck with silver jewels

her missing hands
were pearls

she was
forged letters found in caves

she was a blue string stuck to the wall with spit in a forgotten cottage


[Erin Emily Ann Vance’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including cV2 and filling station. Erin was a 2017 recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize and a 2018 Finalist for the Alberta Magazine Awards in Fiction.]