Saturday, July 14, 2012

Teaser from Light Sister, Dark Sister

As promised, here is a teaser from my upcoming novel in verse, LIGHT SISTER, DARK SISTER.  Enjoy!


Have you ever heard
of a phantom limb?
When a person loses
an arm, or a leg,
sometimes she feels
it’s still there.

Mostly, she feels like it
hurts—confused neurons
sending messages of pain
along pathways that no longer

Well, all my limbs are attached,
at least for now,
but sometimes I feel
there’s a whole phantom body,
once joined to mine, now


but still following me,
boneless, jointless, weightless—

and when that body hurts,
my own neurons fire
with pain.


Sometimes I feel
like a phantom.

I pinch my arm
and my fingers clutch air;
I dig my nails in my flesh,
but I feel no pain.

I look in the mirror
and I watch myself


blurring around the edges,
lips and eyes dissolving
till I can’t see
or speak.

So I bring my edges back,
define myself
with kohl-rimmed eyes,
bruise-purple lips,
hair the blue-black
of a raven’s wing.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I can't wait to read the whole book! =)