What Have You Done
A questioning will bring you here, summoned
Sunday, appear, pale fear, your dorm, downstairs,
bishop’s office, where it’s, “what have you done?”
Hide behind Alanis Morissette hair.
Asked someone first: “what has she done?” “It’s worse.
Not her — was hurt by someone.” Blonde who lives
right down your floor. Hallway, no pride, cried, nursed
behind closed doors. Confide the choking. Give
details, availed by him, now, as blackmail
he tells: “his young daughter has no defense —
sleeping victims, his preference.” Prevails
because he’s described your life. Consequence
guaranteed, manipulating shame/blame:
You say his name, but everything’s the same.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated sonnet stalker. Her poetry has stalked magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2: One, Anti-Heroin Chic, Former Cactus, Occulum, Luna Luna, & many more. She has a chapbook Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), three forthcoming: Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019), Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Lit March 2019) Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press). Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie), her weekly poetry column (https://www.rhythmnbone.com/sonnetarium) and her website (kristingarth.wordpress.com).
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