an imploding star, or ouroboros

Lucille Elliott

hair's all shaved off,

and with it everything

that kept me from being my mother.

to bandanas and smudgy eyeliner

dad says: you look like she did.  


sometimes i wish i knew

her the way he did.

buzzed head roller derby queen

stuffed in a miniskirt —

inked knuckles, inked face,

up for a drink, a spitting

image of a planet collapsing in,

a snake eating

its own tail. young,

wretched, wrecked.

Lucille Elliott is a senior who will be attending VCUArts in the fall. She writes about her experience as a child of an unconventional family and as a child of grief. She serves as Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador of Sussex and has been published in ASGARD Literary Magazine, HAUNT, Living in Magick, two Virginia Writer’s Club Teen Nib Anthologies, and now Under the Madness Magazine. She has also been blessed with a Scholastic gold key for her writing portfolio, “latchkey kid.” You can find more work at @riotghoulrva.

"Muchas Bandanas de Muchos Colores ♥" by Sofía Salom is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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A magazine for teen writers—by teen writers. Under the Madness brings together student editors from across New Hampshire under the mentorship of the state poet laureate to focus on the experiences of teens from around the world. Whether you live in Berlin, NH, or Berlin, Germany—whether you wake up every day in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North or South America—we’re interested in reading you!