RAE ANNE HENWOOD
brave enough to enter then go
away white, drained, and maddened by
this invisible leprosy.
I am too contagious—
tread lightly in my hypocaust,
inviting and fearsome.
You will flee when the sulphur
Beware the lash of my scorpion tongue.
Venom sounds from all sides and
I will not be sucked out so easily.
Thigmotaxis expands into obsidian
afterbirth; crystals burst and break until
I am, once more,
Rae Anne Henwood is a third-year student at the University of Victoria in the Writing Department with a focus in Poetry.