famine | candace meredith


We look to one another’s Bodies Like we do for scars. It’s bitter and sweet To reflect Upon my birth Like an Illegitimate child In time’s Past But mine were wed - A decade, they held it together For me they said I would say not to do me Any favors And I wept in my bed Over the stains That were like shards Of glass Or blades of grass That scratched up My kneecaps Until they bled. And I would devour The soap box Before I would let Them Into my heart again. I would feed of them Bacon grease And tuna - The carnivore for meat. I am not kidding when I say I love you Because my love Is tenderized - Worn on my sleeve And they devoured Me like that in my youth And I am naked again in my flesh. The way it had been done Then.

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, The Backbone Mountain Review, The Broadkill Review, In God’s Hands/ Writers of Grace, A Flash of Dark, Greensilk Journal, Saltfront, Mojave River Press and Review, Scryptic Magazine, Unlikely Stories Mark V and various others. Candace currently resides in Virginia with her son and her daughter, her fiancé and their three dogs and six cats. She has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University.

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