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A Surrealist’s Dream

After Remedios Varo, Marion Elizabeth Adnams, Dorothea Tanning, and Frida Kahlo

By Bri CraigPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
A Surrealist’s Dream
Photo by Jeff Hardi on Unsplash

A woman once captured the moon in a silver birdcage,

where she spoon fed it minced midnight sky - and I never

knew whether she intended to nourish the light or keep her

captive alive and breathing. Yes, I heard the night sky

was safe to breathe, but a paper doll ought to be scared

of the night forest snatching her ribbon curls with sick

intentions. Branches too close to hands, always

too close to hands. I am always avoiding

hands these days because I carry a chrysanthemum

attached to my pinkie with a ball of yarn. My mossy

forearms grow up until they reach my Hydrangea

shoulderpads. I shake my grassy hair - watch the floral

patterns seeping out of my skin and around my thigh.

I am a child. I am living growth. I am blooming.

I am being eaten away.


I don’t remember who slashed open my stomach,

But one day I noticed green vines spilling out,

And all I could do was lay on my side and look

At the stars, but I could not see the moon.

Blood leaked from the veins of leaves but still

I wondered who had taken the moon from the


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About the Creator

Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

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  • Allie Bickertonabout a month ago

    I love how beautiful and surreal the opening lines are. They really set the tone for the rest of the Poem. “Minced midnight sky” 👌🏻

  • cd33 months ago


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