Folded, with the off-white flesh of old paper, she lays. She has two elephant legs, bloated with elephant veins, the color of violets rooted in faded asphalt’s grey.
—These legs are folded too, just months inside of you--
Just months inside of you, your child is not old, though she is folded and creased with broken bones. Some mothers rub their bellies; you try but coax the violets into bloom.
-- Erin York is a 22-year-old writer and editor. She attended school at the University of Missouri- 88 Jet Fuel Review Kansas City where she graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. Her writing has received both numerous publications and awards that include national acclaim. Aside from writing, Erin has worked on several literary magazines and continues to work as a freelance copyeditor. For more information, visit her website: www.wix. com/eywritereditor/erinyork.