The Trouble With Leaving The Womb

Is that from here on out the fear of losing what
burdens you—the Exit that stands to swallow

you whole—widens. And as for the Entrance—
that egg known as your mother, it has been

cracked, and it will always be your doing.
She will always be your undoing. Yet the

niggle here is not guilt. Nor is it fear. But
rather loss. The unbearable consciousness

of being made present. The death of that
savage known as your ignorance, your inn-

ocence. For the affliction is too obligatory
for one such as you. Too required for a child

of your age. And the weight of knowledge that
you presently are, is all that you presently are.


When not slaying Sea-monsters, Falconhead uses Sea-monster’s blood to write poetry, fiction, drama and essays. His work has appeared in Nazar Look, Night Train Magazine, The Rock River Review, Still Point Arts, Antiphon, FictionWeek Literary Review, The Red Line, The Corner Club Press, Naugatuck River Review, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Wilde Magazine, Poetry Potion, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Thick Jam, Meat for Tea, Poetica Magazine, Camas: The Nature of The West, Thin Air Magazine, Huesoloco Journal, Glitterwolf, Whistling Fire, Two Hawks Quarterly, Rock & Sling, Adanna Literary Journal, Deltona Howl, and Green Wind Press’s Words Fly Away Anthology and KY’s Getting Old Anthology, among others, and is forthcoming in several more publications. For his poem “Man-Made God or Poem In Which The Hypochondriac Gets His Way,” Emerge Literary Journal awarded him runner-up in their 2014 poetry contest. You can follow Falconhead on Twitter @Falconheadpens.