My curves have given way to empty space.
At night, two pillows
one head


to remind me that living takes effort.

My curves have given way to light.
Today, for the sun
I am living on purpose
trying to remind you
that there is a key,
that fits the lock…

try the door.



Janaya Martin was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She is the mother of two and currently working on self-publishing a book of poems titled, Tiptoe and Whisper.

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer focusing on perspectives of women including her own. She’s been published internationally and exhibited nationally and has curated several exhibitions and books.