She blows perfect rings of smoke
from her plum painted lips
I never learned to make dying beautiful
I have swallowed enough liquor
to confuse my body for an ocean
I do mad things for happiness
hoping to find beauty
in black coffee
and empty dinner plates
About the Poet:
Meghan O’Hern is a senior English and Creative Writing major at Bradley University. Her work centers on themes of mental health, feminism, and identity. She is thankful to Writehouse Ink for reading these poems before they were ready.
Photo by Floede.
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