Whatever enormous animal

               the night was

was lingering.  

But the mind has the reason it needs.

Then the butterflies,

in their slight advertisements of paradise,

flew, the piece in me of you.

And the stomach grew legs and said,

               we’re going places now.


Victoria McArtor holds an MFA from Oklahoma State University, works for a luxury residential mortgage team, is an adjunct professor for the University of Tulsa, and serves on the board of directors for Camp Fire, a nonprofit youth organization focused on building leadership skills and social responsibility. Her book, Reverse Selfie, is coming soon.