Invasive Dead Leaf // Juliet Cook

Invasive Dead Leaf

I can't fit all the praying mantis's on my fingers,

so I let them crawl

inside my mouth.

Maybe I'd rather be eaten on the inside, instead of chewing off

someone else's head in less than ten minutes. Dead leaf, devil's flower, I don't believe

in these judgmental gods that escalate

the hate in a different direction.

Hate is hate. If you're going to bite off my head, you might as well be direct about it and start with my heart.

Spit me out of your copulating Hellmouth.

Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. She is drawn to poetry, abstract visual art, and other forms of expression. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at

Image by Chris Campbell

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