Women once kept journals that led them to the gallows and the stake, condemned by words and the fear of the knowledge they longed to leave for future generations. These pages hold my secret truths my history, handwritten for an unknown audience. They may not come for me with pitchforks or nooses but the weight of their judgment lingers, racing across my skin like fire.
Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink Arts Press, Tempered Runes Press, Cauldron Anthology, and the anthology “Medusa Rises” from Mythos Poets Society. You can find her online at gabbygilliam.squarespace.com.