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Genesis 2:31

Stephanie Holden

and god saw every thing

that he had made,     and

behold, it was very good

  •          genesis 2:31


you are your own god  re

born under a new 

name on the sixth day

you took a rib from  your

skeleton built a  man  of

your own  creation;  

molded him in the  

likeness of someone  you

have yet to meet.     a life 

is  a  laborious  thing  to

create,   and scars  will

come and  then  will  

fade  but tomorrow is           

the  seventh day           on

the  seventh    day    you  

will finally


STEPHANIE HOLDEN (she/they) is a Halloween-loving queer living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She writes about love, trauma, gore, and the self. Her interests are fantasy books, body modification, and the South. Find her work at or forthcoming in Ghost City Press, Kissing Dynamite, The B’K, Dollar Store Mag, Voidspace, Bullshit Lit, The Madrigal, and elsewhere, or her narcissistic tweets at @smhxlden.

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