Lauren LoNigro

The Fetal Position (and how to pass it on to others)

We clench our fists
and hide our lifelines,

ball ourselves up
into the first positions we knew.

We sleep under blankets
with knees to our chests

and unravel only
at the threat of exposure.

But in our most vulnurable minute
we are spread open

as if the fortune is written
on the inside of our thighs.

As if this surrender
is our most honest moment.


Lauren LoNigro is twenty years old.  She lives in Holbrook, NY.