POETRY

BRAND NEW PERSON (SAME OLD MISTAKES)

in time    

            (time)

one becomes 

            (becomes)

a weightless, spiritless

              (weightless, spiritless)

sliver of a previous life 

        (a previous life)

unmanaged and left to rot

    (left to rot.)

and one must readapt

      (readapt)

to malpractice, survive unlike

            (unlike)

all others before.

    (others before)

— 

a feat of nature 

(nature)

disguised as a feat

(a feat)

of corroboration, exacerbating

(exacerbating)

prior personal tensions   

(tensions)

between godliness and present

(present)

company. with narcissus

(with narcissus)

so overcome, and echo

(and echo)

finds herself

(herself)

drifting away, no longer tender

(tender)

watching flowers blooming despite    

(blooming despite)

all efforts to the contrary

 (contrary)

in the hands of expectations

    (expectations)

led by rites, and deception.  

            (and deception.)

milena bee is a genderfluid chicane poet and mythologist. they live in Los Angeles, where they can be found gardening, weaving, and attempting to finish a book. they're the co-editor of All Guts No Glory.