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Medusa and I Meet in a Public Bathroom
by Courtney LeBlanc


I love your hair, I say, one woman complimenting
another in the harsh florescent light. It’s not too
she asks, eyes skimming past mine in the mirror.
No, I say, touching up my lipstick, red as blood, He deserves
whatever he gets.
She shrugs, I’m growing tired of losing
I touch her arm, One day someone worthy will know
how to please you.
She smiles then, her generous mouth
curled open, her snakes hissing in contentment. Maybe.

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the Poetry Editor at Crack the Spine and has her MBA from University of Baltimore and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her publications on her Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79.