good girls / rebecca kokitus


good girls still find it delicious 

to tread muddy boot prints 

through fresh snow 

and in the same way, 

they destroy themselves 


take their hearts and 

scuff them up in the dirt 

like new shoes you want 

a little ruined 


the secret guilt of 

redefining the self  

like baby’s first petty theft 

like memorizing sin 


let themselves spoil 

like old nectarines 

that fall apart when you kiss them

drip ferment down your chin 


good girls still find it delicious 

to rot like melted snow angel,

changing shape and leaving behind 

only their muddy bootprints.


Rebecca Kokitus is a part time resident of Media, PA just outside Philadelphia, and a part time resident of a small town in rural Schuylkill County, PA. She is an aspiring poet and is currently an undergraduate in the writing program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She has recent work in Rag Queen Periodical, Moonchild Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, and other places. She tweets at @rxbxcca_anna.