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Therefore, I am

by Erica Gilley

The stars do not bind my fortune

To caution tape starlight strings of

Deliriously false prophetic dreams.

I’ll spit out your stardust destiny,

Molding my own crooked constellations

Made of gray, diamond-encrusted clay.

I have already thrown out your

Divine kismet decrees,

Hidden away your celestial doctrines

Of predestined damnation.

Digital image of a person created by the stars surrounded by flames.
Image credit: Joel Filipe on Unsplash

I’ll forge my fate with delicacy.

The flames of the astral planes

Engulf the coiled sacrificial blade,

Fusing the sacred blood and bones

Of God and The Moirai.

The astronomical maps led me nowhere,

Zodiac cats and chakras, dead ends

That I finger softly along an upstairs bookshelf,

Sucking in my musk of luck and mercury sweat.


Black and white photo of the author, Erica Ivy Gilley.
Erica Ivy Gilley

Erica Ivy Gilley is an executive administrative assistant that has earned a BS in English and a BA in Dance from Radford University in 2022. Her first poem ‘Human Helminths’ was published in the 14th Issue of Sink Hollow Literary Magazine, and most recently her two poems ‘Wondering, Wandering’ and ‘Enigma of Rot’ were published in Rabble Review’s 5th Edition. Her interests include reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and practicing pilates.

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