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A Sonnet by Kristin Garth

They Condemn Your Innocence

after Spencer


If you tiptoe over all the decay,

up the grand staircase you chased your siblings

what feels like only yesterday and stay

your course when wood will crack. Each step will bring

you farther back into a childhood where

your soul remains behind barbed wire, stitched shut

curtains baring fresh bloodstains you must tear

to return there again. You must confront

your demons to find the seraphim hidden

inside the undefiled dollhouse. It waits

exquisitely for its unbidden

mistress to finally repudiate

subjugation for the imminence

of interloping on your own innocence.

 

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of many books of poetry including Crow Carriage (Sweet Tooth Story Books) and The Stakes (Really Serious Literature) and the editor of seven anthologies. She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com

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