A Spell to Banish Pain from Your Body

Catherine Garbinsky


I will hold the bag of saline, I will dress your wounds
At night when you cannot sleep, let my body pull the pain from you
Let me be the poultice to draw it out
I will throw it onto the hot pavement
like a ripe pomegranate, let it break into tiny pieces
and I will gather them up and eat them
one by one



Catherine Garbinsky is a writer, a witch, and a worrier living in Northern California. She holds a degree in The Poetics of Transformation: Creative Writing, Religion, and Social Justice from the University of Redlands. Catherine’s chapbook of Ursula Le Guin erasures, All Spells Are Strong Here, is part of the Ghost City Press 2018 Summer Series. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in L’éphémére Review, Rose Quartz Journal, Venefica Magazine, Cauldron Anthology, and others.