Mary was young. Mary was hitchhiking. Mary was
Her body was elk. Her body was a bridge. Her body was
murdered. Mary was gold. Mary was the road. Mary was
found. Her body was February. Her body was the body of
morning. Mary was open. Mary was pink. Mary was
Mary K. Schlais. Her body was the vehicle. Her body was
pretty. Mary was early. Mary was blond. Mary was
a license. Her body was the crime scene. Her body was
glowing. Mary was stabbed. Mary was sexual. Mary was
white. Her body was identified. Her body was
manmade. Mary was electric. Mary was fertile. Mary was
a garden. Her body was food. Her body was the Fall. Her body
twisted. Mary was now. Mary was a horse. Mary.
was assaulted. Her body was haunted.
Mary is a ghost. Mary is a cold case. Mary cannot be
Her body was her fate. Her body was art. Her body was
released. Mary is the river. Mary is a shadow. Mary is
an atlas. Her body was a tribe. Her body was
a vision. Mary is elusive. Mary is paranormal. Mary
the chase. Her body was a poker game. Her body
lingers. Mary is lore. Mary is intangible. Mary
was a valentine. Her body was her killer. Her body
is unsolved. Mary is waiting. Mary echoes. Mary
is the water. Her body is a city or a lake. Her body
was crying. Mary was alive. Mary was once. Mary
remains. Her body is the landscape. Her body
was eliminated. Mary was vanishing. Mary
has been removed. Her body is the air. Her body
was gone. Mary
is the darkness. Her body screams. Her body
was an anonymous letter. Mary
is a mystery. Her body is numerous. Her body.
was someone. Mary was.
*this is a found poem. source text: http://www.unexplainedresearch.com/files_spectrology/elk_creek_dam.html and http://www.dewitzphotography.com/eau-claire-wi-photographer/wisconsin-historic-city-series-the-view-from-elk-lakes-mainstreet/.
Jessie Lynn McMains is a poet, writer, zine-maker, and small press owner; a collector of souvenir pennies and stick & poke tattoos. Her words have recently appeared or are forthcoming in ISAcoustic, Awkward Mermaid, Wyrd & Wyse, Juke Joint, Occulum, and others; she’s also a contributing writer for Pussy Magic. You can find her website at recklesschants.net, or find her on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie