When a Woman Reaches Supernova
into the tiny space
the world allows
the weight of labels
crushing from all sides
her nuclear core burns
a new pressure builds
resists the gravity of expectation
her fury consumes her fuel too quickly
tips the balance of that gravity and her fire
until she collapses
her surface reaches event horizon
time stands still
gravity’s influence eclipses her completely
not even light can escape.
Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink, The Ekphrastic Review, Cauldron Anthology, Instant Noodles, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and three anthologies from Mythos Poets Society. You can find her online at gabbygilliam.squarespace.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GabbyGilliamAuthor.
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