MA / CA | by Chestina Craig

I am afraid the Massachusetts snow lives inside of me.

my mother says it is easier to be sober in California

pulled addiction out of her body

like bible pages.

like sheet metal,

her hands are always cold.

like her I am afraid to be like the woman

who pushed me into this world.

I think the three of us have always been

one long breath,

one long icicle.

I think they grow so far because,

they are trying to reach the sun.



Chestina Craig (she/her) lives on the California coast with her cat. Her work has been published by The Rising Phoenix Review, Sea Foam Mag, Button Poetry and others. She has presented her work at The Presidents Commission on The Status of Women, The Young Women’s Empowerment Conference, & more. She has a degree in Marine Biology, loves to meld science and art, and sometimes pets sharks or hangs out with octopi. She hopes that one day she will only be required to wear gauzy clothing, study the ocean, and get paid to have too many feelings. Her chapbook “body of water” came out October 2017 with Sadie Girl Press.

Twitter: @chessitry

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