2 poems by Melissa Fry Beasley


I have lived with a man
who would crush bones
in his teeth,
walking and gnashing
rage like rivers
that could not be contained.
Swollen and spilling over
the banks and levees
that were his family
and people,
bodies and spirits
left broken and dead
in this unholy wake
of destruction.
Appetite beyond satiation
a savage heaven within arms
too weak to hold her.
Secrets can never be scaled like walls
but shame will overtake you like plague,
leaving you to crack and crumble.
In hell you never know
the cool dark of quiet.
I have lived with a man
who knew nothing but suffering,
brought down sickness
like fruits from rotted vines.
Through the dimness I ran
farther than I thought I could make it.
At the edge I jumped into that angry water itself,
letting the roiling tide carry me to my freedom.



We were born into longing
From isolation
Hungry & needing
The touch of another
Those hidden places
Wet with wanting
I want to drink each
Drop by sweet drop
I must have
The dew (which is you)
We can build nations –
This longing to escape
Our solitary cage
Abraded skin, thirsty skin
Make new, soft reborn caul
Gleaming supple skin


Published by

Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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