poems originally published in Mojave He[art]
The Color You Remember Being
originally published in Spider Mirror
was vibrant and rich—
the inside of an ember,
saturated like the bright sandstone
earth of Sedona after
a long awaited rain.
The shocking smoothness
of the mercurochrome
you would pour on your belly
when infection set in a week after piercing.
You wanted to grow into a blood orange—
contain the sunniness of the rind,
and the dark crimson flesh that seemed
deep enough to drown in.
And here you are:
a faded watercolor gray,
like after an artist uses droplets
to lift the paint—erase a mistake.
Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in IceFloe Press, Mineral Lit Mag, Rising Phoenix Review, Ghost Heart Lit, 24 Neon Magazine, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Cabinet of Heed, and Marias At Sampaguitas. She is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris.