Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.
Helen Presents: a poem from Meg Eden Kuyatt
My mother died inside a computer today.
Yesterday, she was killed by an orc.
Every day, she dies repeatedly and I am left
to bury her in the feces of her daughters.
Is anyone alive today? I look out the window,
but it is gradually becoming darker. I want
to climb out but my mother says: don’t leave the house.
I like to think it’s so she can stay closer to us.
The food in our room is canned and expired,
and my sister has grown up vomiting after every meal.
It’s been three years since my father’s spoken to me.
The game they play has no ending, does it?
But I remember the parents I had.
If I wait long enough, they have to come back.
Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. Her poem “Rumiko” won the 2015 Ian MacMillan award for poetry, and she has four poetry chapbooks in print. She teaches at the University of Maryland. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com