nothing left behind. by Katherine Michalik

The cool burning of skin
comforts me as I slip
out of his arms. Sliding

away from his eyes, thick
smoke falling like sand
covering my hands. He takes

me, grabbing tight
and pulling
at my seams. He wants



Katherine Michalik
… is a contributing guest author for Germ, which means the following criteria (and then some) have been met: possessor of a fresh, original voice; creator of fresh, original content; genius storyteller; superlative speller; fantastic dancer; expert joke teller; handy with a toolbox; brilliant at parties; loves us as much as we love them.



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