“summer harvest” by Maxwell B. Reiver

I’ve stopped mourning for my lost years of youth and honeysuckle picked too close to the stem,
not yet sweet or ripe
my breasts tell me that beauty is all around me even when I pluck the hairs I loathe from tender surfaces

Maxwell B. Reiver (They/them)
Max is a fifth year undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Philosophy in Japanese and English literature, with a Gender Sexuality Women’s Studies minor and Asian Studies certificate. They enjoy cultivating a group for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming members of the Pitt community, and caring for plants at their makeshift guerrilla garden in Bloomington, IN.