Reflecting on cupped

hands and tangled limbs,

the mirror will show

what you missed:


Wrapped under your

reach, my palms

remain open, legs

paired sleeping snakes.


Forgive my mouth

for making no sound.

You never asked

what I had to say.


My name is Whitney Rio-Ross, and I hold a Master’s in Religion and Literature from Yale Divinity School. My work appears or is forthcoming in The Other Journal, The Windhover, and Adanna. I live in Nashville, TN, and work as an adjunct English instructor at Trevecca Nazarene University.