i’m the bad girl


they want the bad girl til they really don’t want the bad girl. & here i am for the

showing. not exactly for the taking. & i wear too much black to ever seem like a soft

girl. i don’t wear smiles all the time. i’m the bad girl. i rest in the backs of minds & re surface when it’s time for sinking. & the award goes to the bad girl. i’m no good girl,

only for pretend. i’m a charmer, a wild cherry, a bomb not defused, a shaky car ride, a fighter who is a lover. i’ve got sharp claws, a smart mouth, sometimes a sinister grin,

not easily deciphered, not easily examined. i’m the bad girl




vanessa maki is a blk queer writer, author & visual artist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She has self-published chapbooks & had 3 published this year (2020): the chosen one (Animal Heart Press), another final girl (Roaring Junior Press) & sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press). Visit her site for more info.