I Come from No Man’s Rib

by Brittani Rable

I come from soil
beneath hollow trees,

        from ore
        fissured
        in dewy cavern walls.

I come from the sky—
rain evaporated

        from glaciers
        that bit the earth
        and birthed rivers,

that kept their hearts
solid and dared
anyone to tell them
that they came

        from a page,
        that they came
        in one day.

I come from
stardust
and sulfur,

        from the collision
        of continents.

I come from no story,

        from no invention,
        from no blame.

I come from pink
salt beds and sea
froth. I come

        from the flesh
        of fruit and the woman
        who ate it,

who already existed
without shame.


Brittani is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Creative Writing. She has previously been published in Mosaic Magazine and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she works in marketing and freelance writing.

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