Cooped up in her apartment in Madrid,
a young woman with an empty stomach
bloats from intestinal terrors fed by bacterium
on stray lettuce or undercooked pig.
. . . Santa Teresa, do you remember . . .
–Excerpt from “Prayer to Santa Teresa d’Avila” in Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2013). First published in Tribeca Review, Staples.