I smile and nod and tuck myself
into smaller and smaller pieces.
I pluck off limbs like cricket legs,
hide them under my mattress
so no one will see I am overflowing.
Growing heads in my sleep.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.