Poetry: 3 Poems by Kristin Ryan

Poetry: 3 Poems by Kristin Ryan

Crisis Counseling: Intake

The intake process is the same
for adults and children.
You don’t have to tell me
what happened, but it might
help if you do.
I want you to know that
your reactions were normal. 
Has anyone told you that?
That you’re normal?
            


Angled Sunlight

My body is full
of rot and song: 

No one wants
to touch bone.

How am I supposed
to make my body
mine again? 

That first touch
taught me I had
no choice.  


Hide and Seek

after Nick Flynn

         I am walking    through  
         a memory. 

Dim      nightlight, 
bathtub caked with
soap scum     and dirt.

        A child       pressed
     against   the counter, 
         her     underwear
     near her    ankles.

The door     to the
bedroom is    locked. 
The door to the hallway
is also     locked. 

         He stands    over her. 
     On the wall, 
         she watches his
     shadow   swallow
         her whole.  

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