One Poem by Marguerite Maria Rivas

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Behind the Chain-Link Fence

Goddess of the night-time grime,
she eschews the shelter—

men with bandaged feet and bad
hygiene sprinkle foot powder all over.
She gags from clouds of the stuff,
has nowhere to hide.

But here at night, she can rest despite
the rust, broken bottles, lurching heart
at the rustling of rats
whose company she’d take
to have a space for a night
not desolate, but desired,
alone, free.


Marguerite Maria Rivas’s work has been published in numerous journals including The Americas Review, Waterways, The Mas Tequila Review, and Quarterday Review. The author of two books of poetry, Rivas is an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College and is at work on a new volume of poetry.

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