NaPoWriMo Day Eight


There is a fur in making

Scratches markings on its dorsal side

Spins irregular – is disorderly – chances



Danger: Keep arms and legs inside

Covers abdomen, swallows pill, depresses tongue

A mother rat after the maternal heart



Torn from its parietal (parent)

Sponges and other invertebrates

Stand motionless with pedipalps raised

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Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at

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