︎︎︎ Nicola Maye Goldberg

︎ Mar 2, 2023

I am walking late at night when a man jumps
out of the shadows and grabs me by the hair.
I pull a small knife out of my pocket. Then
I stab myself in the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
Blood blooms from my face. The man
is so repulsed that he runs away.
The moon turns into a horse
and carries me home on her back.

Nicola Maye Goldberg is the author of Other Women and Nothing Can Hurt You. She lives in New York City.

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