New poems by Rachael Ikins : While Shopping in Wal Mart & Nine Minutes Twenty Nine Seconds

grocery cart photo

photo by Ph B on Unsplash.

While Shopping in Wal Mart

Whiskey-cured skin the purplish
hue of cigarette smoke, she spoke
into her phone 
as she shoved among the racks of 
Carters newborn clothes. Her daughter. 
They need preemie size.
Mom says, 
“You keep squirting out these jellybeans” 
they laughed.

I imagine then that daughter smokes, too,
remember the infomercial where a young mom
who smoked during pregnancy resulting in premature

birth, advises you to “put your face near” 
the NICU incubator opening
“so your baby can see and hear you better.”
I distance from maskless Grandma, 
I bet they refuse vaccines, too.

Nine Minutes, Twenty-Nine Seconds

Lips, your chocolate silk, sweet
brush mine, drift down
my neck, kind eyes heat me.
A heartbeat- Those lips, 
swollen, desire breathes.
Nose bloodied, your neck dips
Clipped beneath another man’s weight. 
Full pivot, one knee, 
“Look, Ma, no fucking hands!”
glasses cap his head, he 
snaps, “Get back!”
testosterone high as he
mashes you 
flatter into 
asphalt.
And the world watches your mouth melt, mix, hot tar and a carbon monoxide cloud. 




Bio: Rachael Ikins is a 2016/18 Pushcart, 2013/18 CNY Book Award nominee, 2018 Independent Book Award winner, & 2019 Vinnie Ream & 2019/2021 Faulkner finalist. A graduate of Syracuse University she is a Fingerlakes born author/illustrator of 9 books in multiple genres. Her work appears in journals such as the Muddy River Poetry Review, Owl Light Literary Turning Points,The Mason Street Review, Broadkill Review, Synkroniciti and many others.
Her art has won prizes and has hung in galleries from CNY to Washington DC. She is a member of NLAPW and Just Poets. She works as an editor at Clare Songbirds Publishing House.
Find her @rzikins.author.artist Instagram
@nestl493 on Twitter
At Rachael Ikins Books and Poetry on FaceBook and Ask the Girl Arts

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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