A THOUSAND PAPER CUTS
you fear the purple bird of my desire
will fly the nest one day
by your love
little do you know that it lies here
glorious wings crushed
no cage needed
Mon Malanovich-Gallagher (they/them) is queer, non-binary immigrant based in London, UK. Their poems appeared in Queer Writing for the Brave New World, Beyond Queer Words, Aurora, Inklette, Beyond Words, Powders Press, Wild Roof Journal, Viewless Wings and numerous other publications in print and online.