Why We All Have Typhoid

Elizabeth Witte

We’ve roses
on our
chests in
the d├ęcolletage

tiny buds in
the sweat beneath
white cotton
like red lilies

mark Mary’s
the way
we all are

a cause of
death rubbing
our eyelids

Elizabeth Witte lives/works in and around Somerville, Massachusetts. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Shampoo, Glitter Pony, and LIES/ISLE.