Mollie McMullan

Lockdown Lockdown Lockdown

They speak of the lives of children as if they’re guaranteed

I think of babies born with crosshair birthmarks,

cherubs suckling at the mouth of a gun (formula is so hard to find these days)

being alive is enough of a fight

I speak of kevlar textbooks,

parents who learned to scrub blood from school uniforms,

thoughts and prayers

They think of mothers as expendable,

a mere body,

a husk bisected by birth,

a skin that can be shed

(I think of the morticians, the profit)

Mollie McMullan is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo. In her work, she explores themes of patriarchal control, the role of womanhood, and the concept of permanence.