Rachel Carney – Self-Portrait as a Statue

Self-Portrait as a Statue

you build me slowly   piling up   your soft fat lies
around me   smooth and full   I draw them

deep inside   where they plump up my nose     
fill out the curve    of my mouth   carve                                               

new lines   around my eyes        my soft
skin solidifies in marble     my breath 

 begins to   drift        away
       trace me   with your   touch

                    cold       still      examine me

a hairline crack     appears
       extends      along my vertebrae

preserved in white  
     my words float      off

              I wait for you to        finish me

Rachel Carney is a poet, creative writing tutor and PhD student based in Cardiff, Wales. Her poems, reviews and articles have been published in magazines such as Poetry Wales, Envoi, Under the Radar and Acumen, and two of her poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

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