Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Diamonds and Toads

My sister and I were judged
by some rogue fairy godmother,

whose morality is as complex
as a Disney cartoon.

I was cursed for cussing
the lewd compliments

of construction crews,
for telling a coworker

(when he suggested
I make him a cup of coffee)

where to shove the pot.
My words transform

into a tickle of tadpoles
in my throat. Sentences hop

from my lips—splattering
mashed potatoes, cracking

mother’s plates—syllables:
fully formed amphibians.

Sister is blessed for not
complaining when her boyfriend

demands dinner while she’s sick,
for not raising her voice

when the boss pats her ass.
Her words, each article, verb,

and pronoun turn into diamonds,
rubies, or rare gold coins,

equally destructive
to the china. But no one hears

her over the clatter of the prized
opals and Krugerrands.

Tired of chipped teeth,
the bruised lips, of no one

actually listening,
she’s learning sign language.

But not even the bullfrogs
can silence me. My words

are beautiful—speckled
with yellow or iridescent blue.

Jennifer Lynn Krohn

Jennifer Lynn Krohn was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives with her husband. She earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico, and she currently teaches English at Central New Mexico Community College. Jennifer is the poetry editor for Fickle Muses and a member of the Dirt City Writers. She has published work in Río Grande ReviewPrick of the Spindle, In the Garden of the CrowVersus Literary Journal, and Gingerbread Literary Magazine among others.

Artwork: Dimitra Milan, “Chance Encounter”

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