collaborative collage poems by Hannah McCormick & Erin Moran
let’s play mercy —
i used to think i wasn’t even able.
half-woman, half-girl, we were
creatures who say things we never thought
to have said; we were children playing
with children in a wide field of flowers.
can 100 feet bring you closer to heaven?
it was so bright, chasing the dog
around the pool, either dying or half-dead.
they said the yard is a bad place.
i said that’s where some things just have to go.
i never take my shoes off in case i have to run.
with too many rocks to swim &
the day running like blood i said yes.
just a girl but i was also Something Else:
the old house, soaked marigold.
in the reflection of the river where we
watched her car speed through gravel.
nothing in my life has been this much:
her overlapping front teeth and her
hands and their quiet work/the veins in my
eyelids and the spaces in my spine.