Marisa Silva – I’m not wrapped up in it at all

I’m not wrapped up in it at all

She ate from the Gingerbread House too,
but her breadcrumbs weren’t to find her way
home. She wanted her playmates to follow
her deep into the woods, make a banquet
out of gumdrops, candy canes, and vanilla icing.

She pretends she never consumed pieces
of the cookie cottage, like she wasn’t making
backdoor deals with the old cannibal.
She says she escaped being a meal,
never fell into Berchta’s wicked trap—
the bite marks on her arm and neck still bleed.

Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in Better Than Starbucks Magazine, Chantrelle’s Notebook and Pink Plastic House. Marisa is the co-editor of the anthology “Kirstofia.” She has work forthcoming in Sledgehammer Lit Mag, and The Daily Drunk Mag. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris. You can find more of her work at

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