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1 poem
by
Charlie Brogan

Charlie Brogan (she/her) is a writer living in London, UK. She is the co-founder and editor of The Rally magazine and has had poems published in Aurelia, ASH, and Dear Damsels.

Metamorphosis

For a while, I enjoyed being a chihuahua with pink paw nails

and a plastic collar

 

I loved being carried in a leather handbag

on the shoulder of some wicked beauty, I really did

 

one time I had a waitress poke her tongue out whilst carrying me—

a plate of green jelly—to a kid's party table, I was terrified

 

one time I was a rabbit fetus in the womb of a floppy bunny crossing the road

 

one time I took the form of a human girl and cried to my boyfriend

about the coin of blood on the sheets

 

one time I was the yellow horn of a daffodil and broke off in a gentle breeze

landing vulnerable and silly in Asda’s carpark

 

I’m allowed to change my mind

 

I think now I’d like to wear open shirts, spurs, and a crisp white stetson I could frisbee

into the hot desert, take down a vulture like a feather balloon

 

I want to kick down some barn door with my hind legs and let all

the other animals flee into the long grass

 

I want to sit with my legs spread on a porch and spit into a bucket

have everyone listen to a list of leather studded tales

 

maybe I’ll run everyone that’s ever crossed me down in a tank then

 

light a cigar and press the smoke into her mouth, kiss her soft neck.