Melisandre’s Guise

The weight of these breasts

is an embarrassment of age

and shadow birth she says

with eyes that burn R’hllor red,

cursing the embellishments of

vulgar men––their tits held aloft

by the lightness of ego

and the shaped iron façade

of ceremonial chest plates.

Matthew Schultz is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His chapbook, Icaros, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in May 2022.

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