Worm Manifesto

Kathleen Radigan

Splintered, I begot

a twin. Hark! Rejuvenation.

Sliced down to spine,

I made a living limb

from the numb din

of my pain.

Do I begrudge

my sadder half?

That my wound

churned a path for herself?

No, my sister and I

will live forever.

We are singing

underneath you in the slime.

Kathleen Radigan is a writer and cartoonist from Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Boston University's Poetry MFA, and her work has been published in The New Yorker, Guernica, The Sun, The Rumpus, and TriQuarterly, among a few other places. She teaches high school English in New York City.
Originally published:
December 6, 2023

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