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Issue 12: March 2022
Cherita Sequence: 78 words
By Cindy Bousquet Harris

All My Own Stunts

I’ve become an outline 
pasted on the moon 

shadow sung by tree frogs, 
collapsing mineshaft 
fantasy in talc 

wind-drenched pauper of stars. 


I’ve become an empty 
snakeskin rattle, 
circle of invisible hawks 

trail smirk, sand puppet 

resinous dreams. 


I’ve become a rumor 
hidden in parquet 

absence overgrown 

shiver of tissue, 
sky breath 
humming a dirge. 


I’ve become a spray 
of dead asters 
holding their shape 


in a vase of echoes. 


Cindy Bousquet Harris
Issue 12, March 2022

is a poet, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the editor of Spirit Fire Review. Her poetry is found in Nostos, Unlost Journal, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Clamor 2021, Black Bough’s Christmas & Winter Edition, and in several anthologies. Cindy lives in Southern California with her husband and their children.

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