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  Table of contents Issue Eighteen MILK CARTON KIDS

by LAYLA CUMMINS
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We are the milk carton kids, headshots
on the front page; we leave flora and fauna
in our wake.
Taken in our innocence
our virgin curves about to bloom, our lives
cut short.
Now the mud and grit and grime keep us
warm where our mothers cannot,
and the weight of my sisters keeps me strong, bonded
not by blood but bone.

We were the milk carton kids, headshots
on the front page; we leave flora and fauna
in our wake.
Once lost children of the city,
no strangers to dark or damp, here we flourish
beneath the earth, pushing up
new dandelions in the spring.

   
   

 

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Layla Cummins's short fiction, poetry and non-fiction have been published in Saturday Evening Post, Grimdark Magazine, Crannóg, Sanitarium Magazine, Bugs: Tales That Slither Creep & Crawl, 100 Doors To Madness, GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries & more. She was a finalist in the 2014 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and works directly from a sofa in Bristol, England. Check out her website at laylacummins.com,



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