Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/15/21

Today I Saw My Other Self

The self
who had abandoned me
while I was trying to split
myself open
and separate
my head from my soul
because the head is smart
but the soul longs for a thing
that the head cannot provide

I wanted the sweet smelling pick tails
the shiny patent Maryjane’s
I didn’t want to walk around dirty
(meaning unwashed and unclean)
I wanted good teeth
a good guy
good job
all of this was my soul

Time blossomed
my boobs and ass
(my head remained unchanged)
while the self that I attempted so many times
to disconnect with
became a raging fire

My sad soul
meek and tired of listening
to wild rants
settled down into the dirt
that it formed from

©2021 Donna Dallas All rights reserved.

Donna Dallas

Donna Dallas studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at NYU’s Gallatin School and was lucky enough to study under William Packard, founder and editor of the New York Quarterly. Lately, her work can be found in Horror Sleaze Trash, Beatnik Cowboy and Zombie Logic among many other publications. She recently published a novel, Death Sisters, with Alien Buddha Press. She also currently serves on the editorial team for Red Fez.

1 thought on “Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/15/21”

  1. A real cut to the chase piece — assertive, sincere, sarcastic, cynical, and perhaps sardonic, in equal measure. A kick to the gut, a punch to the jaw, leading to a very musical and quotable last verse. This is why we shouldn’t pull our punches; if we do pull our punches, so to speak, we don’t have a strong poem. This poem has a strong start, strong middle, and strong end. It made me feel something of someone else’s experience. The last verse is playing over and over in my head.

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