Today a doctor tells me she will give me a hysterectomy if I ask for it, which, of course, comes as a relief. Once, I swallowed a pinecone. I am twenty-seven and do not want to get married. Me, full of expectations, woodlands, and duty; me, I am made up entirely of someday. Tomorrow my best friend will grab my hands: I think you should date a woman. I think she's right, but also I think I will go to hell for dating a woman, and I very much do not want to go to hell. I want to be a holy woman with a good body. Do you think women of the parables-women dreamed of their wedding day? Maybe. I'll ask my doctor next time. You know who I want to hear more about? Anna the Prophetess, and also Tessa Thompson – I just think she’s great. Some scholars think that she – Anna the Prophetess – was 14 + 7 + 84 = 105 years old and childless. Her husband was unnamed.
Samantha DeFlitch received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where she is the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center. She is the author of Confluence (Broadstone Books, 2021). Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Appalachian Review, On the Seawall, and Rust+Moth, among others, and she is the 2018 recipient of the Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her corgi dog, Moose.