"elegy for my lover’s spine" by Cassidy Champagne



bones surrounding the spinal cord are the weakest in the body

but my lover’s vertebrae are as vehement as I


protrude through skin on sheets

his spine greets me, says hello!


speed bumps run along its surface,

warn of his delicacy. remind me.


saran wrap skin stretches tight as I try

to unravel him daily.


ask his back: do you ever let anyone in?

watch knuckles, knots manufacture


homes inside their maker.

he tells me the photographs will last longer.


my eyes linger. they remember.

I play his pulse as a beat, my chewed cuticles


claw their way round & down his throat,

wrap around small intestine


& tug.




Cassidy Champagne is a poet and student, often found with a coffee in hand, writing about the pacific northwest or her failed relationships. She believes the colour green is everything. Find her being mostly inactive on Instagram @casschampagne.


Related Posts

See All

"Without Breaking a Few" by Lorelei Bacht

When we first spoke, the colour dripped from our mouths, a rich orange - it did not need a protection. Elements. We were our own, weaving the space around us into happening. How I longed for my face t

"The Last Straw" by Kika Man

The weather is batshit crazy, temperatures flying, echolocation useless in the face of this speed. It snows and rains and hails, the sun is a warm bath. My plants have not been watered, I might even m