I reign in fields of flowers, a crown of blooms upon my head.
I am no longer anchored inside closets of grief,
chained to nightmares and drowning in sorrow,
my severed roots twisting aimlessly in spurts
of agony and rage beneath my skin.
I reign in fields of flowers, a crown of blooms upon my head,
the howls of grief no longer racking my soul.
This is my catharsis, this is my flowered tomb,
how I will spend the rest of my days-
not collapsed inside a sheltered body of assigned flesh,
but a devoted member to a collective whole, a communal cry,
my smile plucked deep from the underworld and given as One,
reigning in fields of flowers, the howls of grief no longer
racking my soul, a crown of blooms upon my head.
December Lace is a former professional wrestler and pinup model from Chicago. She is a Best of the Net nominee and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Molotov Cocktail, Pussy Magic Lit, The Cabinet of Heed, Vamp Cat, Twist in Time, Dark Marrow, Rhythm & Bones YANYR Anthology, and Coffin Bell, among others. She loves Batman, burlesque, cats, and horror movies. She can be found on Twitter @TheMissDecember, http://decemberlace.blogspot.com, or in Chicago’s obscure bookshops.