Mrs. Wright

from by Adrienne Anemone

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I have many children
they hide behind the walls
some are round as peppermints
some have no shape at all
skin dusted with cinnamon
eyes purple raisin holes
they used to run for days and days
but now they are too old
after communion is fed
I fall asleep in my bed
and dream of nothing at all
a single spoon to fed them full
of breadcrumbs, water and salt
without a stove to warm my meals
I’ll cook you in my mouth
and if there’s a demon to remove
by God, I’ll beat it black and blue
isn’t that what your father told me to do?
one night from the belly of my pillow
there sprung a dream of weeping willows
bending over me
and from the lookout of this tree
squirrels and sparrows
sang off-key:
say goodnight
Mrs. Wright
wicked witch
broken stitch
on the hem of a mast
sinking ships and heart attacks
oh the horrors that came
when you opened your eyes
and the terror remains
from the morning she died
the abysmal echo
of a voice that said no
please don’t trade scales for skin
we don’t want the devil in
when the morning crowned her skin
broke the spell we’d fallen in
squirrels and sparrows hid their tails
neighbors squirmed as mothers wailed
we shook our heads and hung them low
oh no oh no
you were our mother
you should have known
now I dream of tiny hands and feet
that point and pinch and refuse me to eat
oh how they grew
with a fury that flamed my wounds
‘til that old house caught ablaze
each and every soul doomed


from Buttons & Keys, track released March 3, 2012



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Adrienne Anemone Brooklyn, New York

Adrienne Anemone, former ringleader of Mimicry Records' The TunaHelpers, is the lullaby banshee that visits Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Adrienne Sneed, in her slumber. Operatic vocals and gentle guitar pickings tug at the listener's heart through thoughtful ruminations on fear, Christianity, child abuse, eating disorders, witchery, bravery and utter despair. ... more

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