Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in work to a calm poetry zine, Amaryllis, Manzano Mountain Review, Bone & Ink Press, Midnight-Lane Boutique, Mojave He[art] Review, and Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine. She is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. Her work is forthcoming in Constellate Literary Journal, The Charles River Journal, Angelical Ravings, and The Same. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine. She is @thesweetmaris on both Twitter and Instagram.
Ode to a #becky
By Marisa Silva-Dunbar
Realizing he was wrong for me.
You were the party favor
when he walked back into destruction,
and even then you were tossed out
before the night was through.
Please post more hashtags
that contradict each other.
Don’t create anything of worth.
If the same theme appears in your life—
you’ve failed to analyze it properly;
your lessons are on repeat1—
play them when you’re in the bar
dancing alone or taking mirror selfies.
Tell us what you find when you
ignore the warnings you profess you heed;
continue wondering why you’re never valued.
That smirk is the only thing you know,
and it’s not real.
Get used to feeling “melonchaly.”