(Photo by Nowshad Arefin on Unsplash

oh my eurydice
–––after arcade fire, for don

an awful sound is at my shoulder
there is no ringing. no tinnitus.

eurydice, i knelt at your sound
& have wept

i have kept the sound in a locked box
kept the sound in my lungs
eurydice, did you hear the awful sound?

can you see it? when it left your lips
when it left my lips

the sound was hollow. empty.
every step is the sound
every shadow is the sound.

even your ashes ring with the sound,
the awful sound of



Ashley Miranda is a Guatemalan-Mexican poet & teacher from Chicago. Most of their work is an exploration of mental health, gender, and trauma. Their chapbook, dolores in spanish is pain, dolores in lolita is a girl, is now available from Glass Poetry Press.Their work has been previously featured by the Cotton Xenomorph, Memoir Mixtapes, Witch Craft Mag, MAKE magazine and other publications. Ashley tweets far too much and would love to be your friend on Twitter (@dustwhispers ‏). You can find out more about their work at agirlaloof.com