Mollie McMullan

Poisoned Against the Moon

Your mother mistakenly led

her daughters to the house of a butcher,

and when he flashed his cleaver,

found the door locked

You are now a body of static, forced

to mutilate words on your cutting board tongue

(You’re only beautiful until you open your mouth)

You wear red bras now,

but you’re only borrowing these breasts from your mother

It is now your turn

In the distance,

a washing machine hums

The door is locked

Mollie McMullan is a sophomore English creative writing major at SUNY Geneseo. In her work, she tends to focus on issues regarding womanhood and control. When she’s home on Long Island, she can be found scavenging the beach for sea glass and trying to train her untrainable dog.