Instructions for Killing Girls
By Valerie San Filippo
Find the space between
the reaching for a wildflower
and the wide-eye watch of a landing bee.
Grab it tight now,
do not let it slip.
She’ll try to wriggle free
with a basket of cinnamon sweets.
She’ll smile and offer it to you,
then run off with her red cloak
and her wonder all intact.
Bare your teeth,
“Grandma, what big teeth you have-“
Rip apart with
“If you hadn’t been wearing red.”
you’ll find that just a few small bites
will kill the girl
straight out of her at once.
Valerie San Filippo is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton. Her poetry has appeared in Noble/Gas Qtrly and Typehouse Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys tarot card readings and complaining to her congressman.