Mousetrap Molly

she was something between
a fabrication and a famine
disclosing her leeway
along saint fausta avenue

clocklike pear-drops pleading
the falter of her framework
unrobed for all to remiss

crystal women in abridged kaftans
passed by in peckish parades
coddling pussycat pocketbooks
inhaling the spicy corkscrew sun

pendulous men with wilting wives
uprooted quarters for cajolery
bracing for a madcap show

she twirled her violent stare
skivvied down to weeds
undulating underbelly bones
the garish grace of defrocked queens

Previously published in The Furious Gazelle, May 2018

Megan Denese Mealor

Megan Denese Mealor resides in her native land of Jacksonville, Florida. A survivor of bipolar disorder, she often incorporates her kaleidoscopic emotions into her writing. Her work has been featured in literary journals worldwide, most recently in Spillwords, Eunoia Review, and The Stray Branch. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, Megan has authored two full-length poetry collections: "Bipolar Lexicon" (Unsolicited Press) and "Blatherskite" (Clare Songbirds). Currently, Megan is studying English at the University of North Florida while caring for her autistic son. She, her family, and three cats occupy a cavernous, yet cozy townhouse ornamented with ads for Victorian inventions.