"The Girl with the Butterfly Mouth"
by Sydney Leigh
When she lies dormant, her breath steals soft dirt; soil poisoned by minerals steeped in hatred.
Upon waking—Mourning Cloak metamorphosis—her mimicry begins to terrify, your dream now a nightmare.
She binds you to a leaf with the glue of a thousand unicorns, where your screams are lost amidst thunderous fluttering.
If only you’d known how far she could migrate, you would never have held her down and said shhh.