When I Was Beautiful

I was forgiven my raucous laughter.                                                 Wedding guests                         feasting like wasps on soft-skinned fruits and sweetened wines,             even as a noise                                     more appallingly intimate than thunder shocks some foreign air into tiers of voile.                                     Leaves shuddering from trees;             the body harrowed of will.                                                                         My sister was safe when […]