i have wanted to be holy. that is: i have wanted to be whole, i have wanted to be healthy, i have wanted to be not-violated. there is also sin to consider, but not mine. (look at the sinless whore.) sins must be washed away in blood. (when she said his blood i thought yes. i thought i caused this. i thought finally.) i will not ask for forgiveness; i cannot. there is nothing to forgive, only confronted. the path to holiness lies in transformation, & like all beginnings it must be spoken into existence.
Danielle Perry graduated with a degree in English Lit and Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She now lives in Portland, OR, but will always be an East Coaster at heart. Her work has been published in The Toast, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Potluck Magazine, among others. Her chapbook Phases (2015) was published by Sad Spell Press. She spends probably too much time on Twitter (@jekyllian).