lolita trades cherries for my seashell barrette. glass lotus. a physic.

lolita asks for pigtails. a treehouse. room to shapeshift.

lolita wants the moon to happen. fountain pennies. baby teeth.

lolita prays for the icky stuff. morning news. sidewalks.

lolita points to the dark and unzips in pieces. bedazzled all ribbons. threadbare for days.

lolita says such a lessening of bees has made me hurt again. gleaming. done for.


ARIELLE TIPA is a writer who lives near a haunted lake in New York. She is the Founding Editor of Occulum. Her debut chapbook of poetry and prose, daughter - seed, is set to release in Winter 2018 from Empty Set Press. Twitter: @rielletipa