Elegy for Pearl Bryan

KD Leigh

A girl’s head floats, ghostly,
Rotting softly, in still water,
Face colorless, contorted,
A scream of ancient horror.
  (Two men and a woman enter.)
Hair wisps, rise and fall,
Fringe on Death’s tattered cloak,
Strands suspended, umbilical cords coiling,
round a lineage of crumbling stone.
  (Two men leave.)
Stretched over a skeletal frame,
Skin surrenders to bone’s motherly swell,
The stench of three lives unled,
Lay lost at the bottom of a well.
  (A woman's headless corpse,
  follows behind them.)
Heavy veins, a noose in afterbirth,
Wilting like a trail of love-lies-bleeding,
And a girl approaches pearlescent eternity.
Eyes, like shells, pried open and pleading.

About the author

KD Leigh (she/her) is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. She is pursuing dual degrees in English and History and, as a result, spends much of her free time writing essays. Currently, she works as a tutoring consultant for the OSU writing center where she edits other students’ essays. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school, write even more essays, and continue pursuing her goal of publishing original poetry. In her work, she explores topics such as religious trauma, sexuality, leftist ideals, and mental illness. She currently lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma in an apartment overrun with roommates and possibly too many cats.


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