Crystal B. Stone – Self Portrait – Pandemic

 Self Portrait with Quarantine Instructions
by Crystal Stone 

My heart is unraveled strings. 
Sew them into a mask. I’ll put it on 
my face beneath my eyes. 
They are a cooked 
medium-rare mahogany, 
marinated in tears.


Crystal Stone is a TEDx speaker and author of two collections of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch (Dawn Valley 2018) and All the Places I Wish I Died (CLASH 2021).