by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz


by Clara Rempe

The Jewelry I Wear

I was dazzled when you draped me in chains
Of course I didn’t notice at first
The glimmer was blinding
I confused possession
With feeling feminine

You first decorated my ears
And oh the beauty of those little stars
Softening the edges of your mouth

Then you cuffed my wrists
The twinkling of red and white diamonds
Drawing my eyes away from your smoky smile

Then you wrapped my neck
In tendrils of silver and leaves of gold
Exposing fragile flesh and bone

When I finally noticed you’d enslaved me
It was too late and I too weak
To unclasp each claw sunk in my skin
When you shrugged
I collapsed

How Dare You
You liken me to a flower
If you’d known what an insult
You would never have given me such a bouquet of words
You promise a life in the trash
After each pretty breath is plucked


About the photographer: Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She is the author of two fiction chapbooks and a former news writer and assistant English professor. Find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @gwjomi.