A Literary Journal interested in your broken, and your resurrected.

RUMINATION ON MENSTRUATION by KARO SKA

inside me, strawberry jam 

thickens 

before leaking, dripping 

then gushing. an 11 day early knock 

at my cervix door. the moon 

& me unsynced.

the moon: predictable, well-

behaved. not me. not

this month. does my flesh crave

reproduction? is it angry 

i won’t host a family

of cells? i have

no home, no land i can call

my own. i can’t grow

children without roots,

i can’t grow glass

inside my skin. i flush

ragged parts of me, refusing

a darwinian legacy. what

is success of species

in a world of children

caged or children

shot or children

starved? what is success

if not burgundy blood, flowing

down my leg, screaming

i’m alive.

Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European non-binary femme poet, living on occupied Tongva Land (aka Los Angeles) with her black cat muse. Anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian, she tries to find joy where she can. Her first chapbook, gathering grandmothers’ bones was released on February 29th, 2020. For updates, follow her on instagram @karoo_skaa or check out her website karoska.com

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