"Forfeits" Artwork by Mackenzie Moore. Visit: IG @mxkmoore_prints

My shoulders in her hands
a hazy pressed against my forehead
why I didn’t say something sooner
why hadn’t I handed over my
broken / heart / shards
maybe something could’ve been salvaged
Big foamy sip
“We don’t talk about forfeits.”

Mackenzie is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles who currently writes for podcasting and television. Her poetry chapbooks are forthcoming with Variant Lit and Kelsay Books this fall.

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