Petal Journal

Celeste Orr


finally told someone       in that idling car
in that empty parking lot       in the night
i laughed hysterically       my chest heaved
i could not stop laughing       laughing and crying all at once
i never really realized       that I never talked about it
my puckered stomach       my frozen lungs
and that made me laugh       and cry and laugh
you didn’t know what to do       you just sort of sat there
looking dumbfounded       at my heaving
at my pink flesh       as it spoke something new

Celeste is currently working towards her Ph.D at the University of Ottawa in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies. She has previously completed an M.A. in Philosophy at Queen’s University and an M.A. in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory at McMaster University.