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call me pretty

Mia Donaldson

call me pretty.

hold my slinking silk cheeks

between your thumb and forefinger;

make me your siren,

your liege;

laugh at my pantomime

and insist that i stay;

insist that i am your sun

and scrap your intentions

in favor of mine,

which are to ignore

and play pretend,

to drag you by your

collar into legs

plush enough to punish,

and after we’re done

spit me out

in favor of the image you’ve bred.


Mia Donaldson (she/her/hers) is a freshman at SUNY Geneseo double majoring in English and Political Science. She plans to continue her studies of English Literature into graduate school, and can typically be found around campus writing, reading, or staring wistfully into the distance. Her interests include, but are not limited to: women, anything written by Ottessa Moshfegh, Angela Davis, or Thomas Hardy, and matcha lattes.

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