Embrace your demons,
if they’re the only ones
who bothered to stick it out for the long haul.
But even as their sturdy arms
cradle your broken self,
remember they take another piece each time.
And they will never make you whole.
Rebecca Gaffron is a mother, former teacher and writer who recently traded the lush valleys and rolling hills of her native central Pennsylvania for a wind-swept barn in Britain. Her work has appeared in The Cynic, The Salt River Review, SNReview, Literary Tonic, Sniplits, among others.