Cafuné by Marisa Silva-Dunbar



This is how the healing starts—

your hands in my hair as you hold

me to you in early Sunday mornings. 

This is the soothing you don’t know

I crave—your touch is still sanative.

I will help you mend—just run

your fingers through my curls,

kiss my eyelids when I sleep.

Unravel strings of pearls from my heart. 

This is like sucking poison from the wound.


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Marisa Silva-Dunbar's work has been published in Apathy Press, The Hellebore, Horny Poetry Review, Dark Marrow, Dear Reader, and Marias At Sampaguitas. She is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. Her work is forthcoming in Sybil Journal, The Charles River Journal, The Cabinet of Heed, and Silk + Smoke. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris.

(Pronouns: she/her)