Portrait of a Girl

Small screen
Dark square
Black mirror
A severed-head selfie
Cheekbones glossy as a knife-edge
Shades of brown and red-gold
Glittering like crystals
Matte powder packed tight
Tight, tight, into pores and crevasses
Eyebrows drawn sharp enough to pierce a man
Violet petal lips, unfurling
Nightclaws smeared feral red
War paint and armor


Jessica Minyard is a student advocate by day and a writer by night and all times in between. Her short fiction has appeared in Slink Chunk Press and Flash Fiction Magazine, and she’s currently an MFA candidate at Lindenwood University. Jessica just recently released a children’s picture book, which she, thankfully, didn’t illustrate.

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