After Frida Kahlo's The Broken Column

My backbone is my stem,
my head the bud, brain-pink
layered petals, a whirlpool's rictus
tugs the sepal skull to bloom --
break, bedazzle, bumble my innards
outward. A god/flower/girl said:
if a flower opens, it means I want you
to try to slam me shut -- good luck!

Benjamin Garcia is a CantoMundo fellow who received his MFA from Cornell University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in: Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, As/Us, West Branch Wired, PANK_, and_ The Collagist_. He works for a non-profit as a Community Health Specialist providing HIV/HCV/STD prevention education and testing to higher risk communities throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York State._

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This poem appeared in PANK_._

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