Love Poem for February 2nd

Arlington Road

We’ve all heard your stories

like La Llorona  you come for children,

You come for men,

with your translucent ice veneer.

Tonight you tried to take my husband,

rolled him over four times and dumped him in a pond

the sacrifice to avenge 

us for being, well, happy.

Tonight though, he is home, 

warm and asleep, even if our daily 

lives are strewn amongst the cattails and weeds

of the pond water, even if you tried to sink us

tonight, at least, my love, is home.


About margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County ( She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (
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