Chew a clove of garlic raw and
salt a circle around your bed.
Stomp cherries for communion wine then
sew cinder blocks in your shoes.
Spoon bleach in your holy water,
scrub your bruises with sagebrush.
Burn a candle to an old god;
grow new belief like dandelions.
Embroider silk pillows with thistles,
use white roses as your rosary;
pray it away with palms full of thorns.
Use the blood as rogue—
streak your face with warning.
Makenzie Smith is a student in the Creative Writing Program at a small college in the American South. She has never been previously published.